View of Bergen op Zoom (1520) by Albrecht Durer

View of Bergen op Zoom - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitleView of Bergen op Zoom
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMusee Conde, Chantilly, France

About View of Bergen op Zoom

The artwork titled “View of Bergen op Zoom” was created by Albrecht Dürer in 1520 and is a part of the Northern Renaissance art movement. Characterized as a sketch and study, this piece exemplifies Dürer’s attention to detail and his interest in landscapes. The drawing is currently housed at the Musée Condé in Chantilly, France.

In the drawing, one can observe a delicate and thorough depiction of the town Bergen op Zoom. The artist’s eye for detail is evident in the intricate rendering of architectural features. Buildings, presumably homes and significant structures, are clustered together, indicating a populated and developed area. The prominent edifice with its numerous windows, sharp rooftops, and towering presence suggests it might be a central religious or civic building, serving as the focal point in the composition.

Foreground details indicate an open space, possibly a field or a meadow, leading up to the populated area, and there is what appears to be a wooden bridge or walkway on the right, contributing to the drawing’s sense of depth. Sparse vegetation is scattered throughout, with a more defined tree on the right side, adding to the scene’s natural feel.

The sketch is executed with fine lines, and the etchings are soft, yet precise, which allows for a strong sense of texture and materiality of different elements within the composition. Despite being a study, the artwork conveys a strong sense of place and time, characteristic of Dürer’s skill in capturing the essence of a landscape.

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