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Title

The small horse


Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Germany

24 May 1471 - 05 Apr 1528


About

Dürer drew the horse according to his system of ideal proportions which preoccupied him in the years immediately preceding 1505. The influence of antique sculpture is also apparent. The animal is shown in profile against a receding barrel vault permitting accurate measurement and comparison of the parts to the whole. Walking beside the horse is a knight in an elaborate butterfly-winged helmet and winged boots. Some commentators have thought him to represent Perseus or Mercury.


Details


Date

1505


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Edition

i of 1 state


Dimensions

16.4 x 10.7 cm image/sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Signed l.c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Dated u.c., [incised plate] "1505".


Credit

Purchased 1963


Location

Not on display


Accession number

DO8.1963


Artist information

Albrecht Dürer

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history