The Piece Of Turf With The Columbine (1526) by Albrecht Durer

The Piece Of Turf With The Columbine - Albrecht Durer - 1526

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TitleThe Piece Of Turf With The Columbine
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Piece Of Turf With The Columbine

The artwork “The Piece Of Turf With The Columbine” by Albrecht Dürer, dated to 1526, is an example of the flower painting genre from the Northern Renaissance period. Not currently on public display, this piece resides within a private collection. It exemplifies Dürer’s detailed study of nature and his skill in depicting botanical accuracy.

The image showcases a small, detailed depiction of a variety of plants, focusing on a clump of earth with several different species. Prominently, there’s a dark columbine flower, which stands out with its deep hues against the lighter backdrop of green foliage. There are other plants interspersed, including broadleaf plants and grass-like blades, each rendered with precise detail and naturalism. The soil clump at the base gives a sense of the natural habitat from which these plants might have been taken, emphasizing the artist’s attention to the minute and specific characteristics of these plants. The mastery of Dürer is evident in the realistic textures and the delicate interplay of light and shadow, which gives life to this botanical scene.

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