Rock study of hikers (1492 – 1497) by Albrecht Durer

Rock study of hikers - Albrecht Durer - 1492 - 1497

Artwork Information

TitleRock study of hikers
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1492 - 1497
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Rock study of hikers

“Rock study of hikers” is an artwork by Albrecht Dürer, a master artist of the Northern Renaissance period. Created sometime between 1492 and 1497, this piece falls into the genre of sketch and study, showcasing Dürer’s attention to detail and observational skill. The work is located at the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria. The piece is a testament to the artist’s ability to capture the essence of the natural world and to blend it intricately with human activity.

The sketch depicts a rugged and rocky landscape, with a focus on the textured features of the rocks in the foreground. Hikers or travelers are not prominently visible, which suggests that the notation about hikers may reference either an aspect of the drawing that is not easily discernible or its historical context concerning Dürer’s own travels or studies. The rocks are finely drawn, highlighting the artist’s skill in rendering natural forms. In the background, there is a gently etched depiction of a castle-like structure and a faint landscape, adding a sense of depth and location to the sketch. The castle is nestled amongst trees and is portrayed with sufficient detail to emphasize its architectural features without upstaging the study’s focus on the rocks. The artwork’s line work and detailing suggest a practice of careful observation, which is characteristic of the Northern Renaissance emphasis on realism and naturalism.

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