Linden Tree on a Bastion (1494) by Albrecht Durer

Linden Tree on a Bastion - Albrecht Durer - 1494

Artwork Information

TitleLinden Tree on a Bastion
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Linden Tree on a Bastion

Albrecht Dürer’s “Linden Tree on a Bastion,” created in 1494, is an exemplary piece of the Northern Renaissance art movement, specifically within the landscape genre. The artwork showcases Dürer’s skill in rendering naturalistic details and his profound appreciation of nature.

The watercolor painting depicts a solitary linden tree standing on a raised platform or bastion. The tree, filled with dense foliage, towers against a plain background, suggesting the simplicity and calmness of the setting. Dürer has meticulously captured the texture and variety within the leaves, and the tree’s strong, vertical presence dominates the composition.

Around the base of the tree are walls, possibly part of a fortification. There is a hint of grass and shrubbery at the foot of the walls, a small staircase leading upwards, and a bench to the right side. Subtle shading and delicate watercolor washes create a sense of depth and solidity in the fortification structures.

The image evokes a sense of solitude and the serenity of nature juxtaposed with human construction. This piece stands out as an early example of pure landscape drawing in Western art, marking a notable pivot towards the appreciation of nature for its own sake during the Renaissance period.

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