The great chariot (1518) by Albrecht Durer

The great chariot - Albrecht Durer - 1518

Artwork Information

TitleThe great chariot
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About The great chariot

The artwork titled “The Great Chariot” was created by Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer in 1518. It falls within the genre painting category and can be viewed at the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria. This piece is emblematic of the detailed and intricate work characteristic of the Northern Renaissance movement.

In this pen and ink drawing, we see an elaborate procession with a large, ornate chariot at its center. The chariot is drawn by a team of horses and preceded by a group of figures who appear to be in a variety of poses, some riding on horseback and others on foot. The chariot itself is extravagantly decorated, sporting a number of banners and flags, and is occupied by several figures who could be interpreted as dignitaries or people of importance, given their prominent placement and elaborate attire.

The complex level of detail in the drawing suggests a high degree of skill and attention to fine lines and embellishments. This procession seems to be moving with a sense of purpose and formality, which, combined with the stylized depiction of the figures and horses, provides insight into the ceremonial practices or the pageantry of the time period from which this work originates. Albrecht Dürer’s mastery of detail and composition is evident in this portrayal of a grand event, reflecting the artistic achievements of his era.

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