Albrecht Durer, a renowned artist from the German Renaissance period, painted several watercolors of deceased birds in a respectful way that highlighted their beauty. One of these paintings is called “Wing of a Roller” or “Wing of a Blue Roller,” and it was painted in either 1500 or 1512. The painting portrays the upper side of the left wing of a roller bird with vivid detail and color, showcasing Durer’s attention to accuracy in capturing animals’ features.
The watercolor demonstrates Durer’s artistic skills and dedication to depicting mundane things such as plants and animals through his art. The painting is held in the collection at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, where it serves as an example of his mastery over naturalistic drawings.
Durer’s work on this painting also reflects his belief in death as part of life’s natural cycle without being morbid or overly sentimental about it. Instead, he portrayed the bird with dignity and respect as its beauty lives on through his watercolor.
While little information is available on this specific roller bird species depicted by Durer due to scientific inconsistencies during that time period, we can still appreciate its beauty through this artwork today.