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Title

The small horse

1505

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Germany

24 May 1471 – 05 Apr 1528

  • Details

    Other Title
    (The little horse)
    Alternative title
    Das kleine Pferd
    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 lower c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Dated upper c., [incised plate] "1505".

    Credit
    Purchased 1963
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    DO8.1963
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Albrecht Dürer

    Works in the collection

    14

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

Other works by Albrecht Dürer

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