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An image of The small horse by Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

(Germany 24 May 1471 – 05 Apr 1528)

Title
The small horse
Year
1505
Media category
Print
Materials used
engraving
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
Accession number
DO8.1963
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Exhibition history (3)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1963, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Mar 1964–29 Mar 1964

German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006