Society on horseback (1489) by Albrecht Durer

Society on horseback - Albrecht Durer - 1489

Artwork Information

TitleSociety on horseback
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany

About Society on horseback

The image depicts “Society on Horseback,” an artwork by Albrecht Dürer, dated to 1489 and rooted in the Northern Renaissance art movement. This genre painting is part of the collection at the Kunsthalle Bremen in Bremen, Germany. The artwork showcases a group of individuals on horseback and is executed with a keen attention to detail, a characteristic of Dürer’s style and the Northern Renaissance’s focus on realism and intricate depiction.

The etching presents a scenic outdoor interaction among various figures, each seemingly with its own character and status. These riders occupy a landscape that, while not detailed, suggests a journey or progress along a path. On the left side of the image, there is a cluster of individuals on foot who appear to be interacting energetically, either in deep conversation or possibly in a dispute, adding a vibrant narrative element to the scene. The prominence of the horses and the detailed rendering of their anatomy and the riders’ attire and gestures give the viewer a glimpse into the societal structures and fashion of the late 15th century. The figures exhibit a variety of clothing styles, indicative of their different social standings. The artwork, typical of its period, captures the essence of life and society during that era through the medium of this genre scene.

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