Albrecht Durer Engraving of The Large Horse by Albrecht Dürer,

16th Century Albrecht Durer Copper Engraving

An Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528) woodcut engraving entitled “The Large Horse” | The original was made in 1505 | The engraving has a Meder “f” impression dating ca. 1550-1600 | It is signed with an “A” and “D” monogram in plate, lower right, and dated 1505 in plate, top middle | This remarkable engraving matted and housed in a wooden frame under glass

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  • An Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528) woodcut engraving entitled “The Large Horse” | The original was made in 1505 | The engraving has a Meder “f” impression dating ca. 1550-1600 | It is signed with an “A” and “D” monogram in plate, lower right, and dated 1505 in plate, top middle | This remarkable engraving matted and housed in a wooden frame under glass | Approx. Dimensions: 19.25″ x 14.25″ | Albrecht Durer | The Large Horse | German | 1471-1528 | Engraving | Framed.

    From the Exhibition Catalogue: The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650 (September 18, 2009 – January 3, 2010):
    This print demonstrates Dürer’s mature graphic system, in which he responded to the precision and clarity of engraving, describing both texture and space by varying the direction, density, and arrangement of lines in controlled sections. Short flicks mediate the transitions from highlighted areas to tonal areas, while the darkest shadows are achieved by short lines laid between two longer ones. Elegant s-curves travel across forms to create volume. These uniformly sized sheets were called “half-sheets” and were the most frequent of Dürer’s formats. Such prints offered an atlas for the application of Dürer’s tonal system as they traveled to other practitioners in France, Italy, Spain, and even the New World.

    Designed as a companion print to his Small Horse (inv. #30.026), these prints are visual essays on the ideal and naturalistic qualities of the horse. The small horse is presented in profile and perfectly proportioned in a posture related to ancient equestrian statues. The large horse is shown in a unique stance, its hind legs raised, in order to accentuate its muscularity and physical presence.

    From Dürer to Van Gogh: Gifts from Eliza Greene Radeke and Helen Metcalf Danforth (June 5 –October 26, 2008):
    This engraving accentuates the muscularity and physical presence of the animal through the unusual angle and the raising of its hind legs on a step. During the Renaissance, a horse could symbolize both virility and violence; along with these ideal associations, however, Dürer was interested in displaying the natural qualities of the horse’s muscles and hair.

    Catalogue Raisonné: Koehler 39; Hollstein VII.85.94; Schoch et al.I.120.43 a-b
    References: Rainer Schoch, Matthias Mende, Anna Scherbaum Albrecht Dürer, Das druckgraphische Werk. Prestel, Vol. 1-3, Munich; London; New York, 2001–2004.

     

  • Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    19.25"

    Width

    14.25"

    Depth

    1"

    Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    19.25"

    Width

    14.25"

    Depth

    1"

    Artist / Maker

    Albert Durer

    Date

    15th Century, 16th Century

    Frame

    Yes

    Kind

    Prints

    Medium

    Engraving

    Origin

    Germany

    Other

    Framed, Glass Covering, Matted

    Subject

    Equestrian, Figurative, Landscape

    Support

    Paper

    Title

    The Large Horse