Wire Drawing Mill (1494) by Albrecht Durer

Wire Drawing Mill - Albrecht Durer - 1494

Artwork Information

TitleWire Drawing Mill
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Wire Drawing Mill

The artwork “Wire Drawing Mill” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1494, is a watercolor painting representative of the Northern Renaissance movement. It features a cityscape genre, showcasing architecture and scenery from a specific locale during Dürer’s time.

The painting provides a snapshot of rural life during the late 15th century, with a keen eye for detail that is characteristic of the Northern Renaissance. It illustrates a serene landscape dotted with structures alongside a body of water. On the left, the foreground prominently displays timber-framed buildings with steep gabled roofs, which are common for the European architecture of that period. A figure is visible near some wooden planks, suggesting a work environment. Further in the background, against a backdrop of gentle hills and a serene sky, you can see a winding road leading to a cluster of additional buildings, probably depicting a village. The scene very effectively conveys the sense of a harmonious coexistence between man-made structures and the natural environment, capturing the rhythms of rural life.

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