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.
(The little horse)
Das kleine Pferd
i of 1 state
16.4 x 10.7 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed lower c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Dated upper c., [incised plate] "1505".
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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