Nymph (1514) by Albrecht Durer

Nymph - Albrecht Durer - 1514

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Nymph

The image you’ve provided is of the artwork titled “Nymph,” created by artist Albrecht Dürer in 1514. This work is associated with the Northern Renaissance art movement and falls within the mythological painting genre. The piece is held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

The artwork depicts a reclining nymph, lying by what appears to be the edge of a fountain or well. She is adorned with a headpiece and is partially draped with a cloth that covers her lower body. The nymph’s pose is relaxed and sensual, with her head resting on her bent arm while she leisurely consumes what seems to be a fruit. The nymph’s figure is drawn with attention to the grace and naturalism typical of the Northern Renaissance.

In the background, the scene is quite sparse, allowing the viewer’s attention to focus on the figure and the fountain. The fountain has a geometric shape with a cylindrical structure atop it from which water is being poured, creating ripples on the water’s surface. The presence of water, a classical symbol of purity and life, adds a layer of symbolism to the painting.

Latin text can be seen inscribed on the fountain, which may offer more context or contribute to the allegorical meaning of the image. Overall, the composition merges the mythical subject matter with Dürer’s keen observation of nature, a hallmark of his artistic style.

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