16.4 x 10.7cm image/sheet (irreg.)
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.
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1963, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 04 Mar 1964–29 Mar 1964.
German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998.
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006.