Lion (1494) by Albrecht Durer

Lion - Albrecht Durer - 1494

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ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
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About Lion

The artwork titled “Lion” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1494, is a part of the Northern Renaissance art movement. Dürer, a German artist, was celebrated for his paintings, prints, and contributions to the understanding of art theory. His works are distinguished by detailed naturalism and innovative compositions.

In “Lion,” Dürer presents a vivid and lifelike portrayal of a lion, which during the Renaissance was a symbol of power and majesty. The lion is depicted in profile, poised and alert, with a detailed rendering of its muscular body, flowing mane, and expressive face. Dürer’s careful observation of anatomy and movement is evident, although he likely worked from prior sketches or descriptions rather than a live model, which accounts for the slightly unconventional representation. This painting reflects the Renaissance interest in the natural world and in capturing the essence of various creatures as symbols of broader themes and values.

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