The Small Horse (1505) by Albrecht Durer

The Small Horse - Albrecht Durer - 1505

Artwork Information

TitleThe Small Horse
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Small Horse

The artwork titled “The Small Horse” is a 1505 engraving by Albrecht Dürer, a master artist of the Northern Renaissance. It falls within the animal painting genre and the piece is crafted through the medium of engraving. As for the artwork’s current location, it is part of a private collection.

In the image, we see a detailed depiction of a small horse standing prominently in the center. The horse’s build is sturdy with noticeable muscles, yet it maintains a certain delicacy. It is adorned with intricate tack and ornaments, signifying its noble stature. The background features an arching stone gateway, which frames the horse effectively and adds a sense of depth to the composition. The date “1505” is inscribed above the horse, confirming the year of creation. A mysterious box bearing Dürer’s signature mark sits in the foreground, contributing to the scene’s historical ambiance. The engraving showcases Dürer’s skill in creating texture, contrast, and fine details, which are characteristic of his expert technique and the Northern Renaissance style.

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