Parrot by Albrecht Durer

Parrot - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Parrot

The artwork titled “Parrot” is a creation by Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement. It falls within the genre of animal painting, which was a deviation from the religious and human-centric themes prevalent during the time. Dürer’s attention to detail and skill in capturing the essence of his subject matter shines through in this piece, as it does in much of his other work.

In the image, you see a detailed and delicate portrayal of a parrot perched on a slender branch or stand. The parrot is facing toward its left, showing a profile view to the observer. Its head is slightly turned, allowing a view of both its beak and its eye, adding to the sense of depth and realism in the drawing. Dürer’s masterful use of line work gives a textural feel to the feathers, and the meticulous hatchings defined the bird’s shape and volume. The varying intensities of the lines suggest the curvature of the parrot’s body and wings. The drawing, likely done in ink, showcases Dürer’s precision in the anatomical study of animals and his passion for the natural world. The level of detail indicates a study from life or a deep understanding of the bird’s anatomy, which was not uncommon for artists like Dürer who took an interest in the natural sciences and the accurate depiction of nature.

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