Quarry (1506) by Albrecht Durer

Quarry - Albrecht Durer - 1506

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Quarry

The artwork titled “Quarry” was created by the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer in 1506. This piece is a fine example of the Northern Renaissance movement, known for its detailed and realistic portrayal of subjects. Executed on paper, it falls under the landscape genre. Dürer’s work currently resides in the British Museum, London, UK.

Reflecting Dürer’s masterful handling of the medium, the artwork “Quarry” depicts a rugged cliff face with a variety of textures and colors that bring the rocky terrain to life. The detailing is meticulous, offering a glimpse into Dürer’s careful observation of nature and his ability to reproduce it with accuracy and depth. The stratifications in the rock and the sparse vegetation clinging to the cliff are rendered with a naturalism that would have been innovative for its time. The landscape is devoid of humans, making nature the sole subject of the piece. Dürer’s initials and the year of the artwork’s completion, 1506, are visible on the rock face, adding a personal touch to this skillful rendering of a natural scene.

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