The small chariot (1512) by Albrecht Durer

The small chariot - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

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

About The small chariot

Albrecht Dürer, a pivotal figure of the Northern Renaissance, created “The Small Chariot” in 1512. This drawing is a fine example of a genre painting and currently resides in the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria. It reflects the detailed and meticulous style that Dürer was famed for, which contributed significantly to the art movement he was a part of.

In “The Small Chariot,” we observe a procession depicted with intricate line work characteristic of Dürer’s style. The chariot itself is ornately decorated, bearing regal figures that lend an air of distinction and authority. The drawing is populated with numerous characters, both human and mythological creatures which are drawn with precision and care. The horses are dynamic and appear to move forward with great energy, and the entire composition is dense with decorative elements, which attest to Dürer’s skill in creating textures and forms through his draftsmanship. The ornate wheels of the chariot, the detailed attire of the individuals, and the fantastical creatures are all depicted with the sharp, fine lines and attention to detail that mark the art of this period. The drawing’s monochromatic nature focuses attention on the forms and the techniques used to suggest depth and volume, making it a valuable piece for the study of the artist’s method and the Northern Renaissance style.

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