Primula (1526) by Albrecht Durer

Primula - Albrecht Durer - 1526

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Primula

“Primula,” created in 1526 by Albrecht Dürer, is a fine example of Northern Renaissance art, specifically within the flower painting genre. Dürer, a celebrated figure in art history, is known for his detailed work that often combined exquisite realism with a strong sense of material presence.

This particular piece depicts a primrose plant in a natural setting, with the focus being on the detailed textures and vibrant life of the plant. The leaves are rendered with fine veins and subtle variations in color, capturing the lush greens with a touch of realism that was unique for Dürer’s time. The flowers themselves are depicted with the same level of detail, with each petal and stamen carefully articulated. The background is muted, making the primrose the clear subject of the work.

The year of the painting, “1526,” is visible in the lower right-hand corner, which often served as Dürer’s trademark signature on his works. The artwork embodies the Northern Renaissance focus on realistic detail, careful observation of nature, and a delicate portrayal of both the subject’s texture and materiality.

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