The Large Turf

Dürer, Albrecht

The Large Turf
1503 (180 kB); Watercolor and gouache on paper, 41 x 32 cm; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna
Albrecht Dürer
[German Painter and Engraver, 1471-1528]

Born: 21 May 1471, Nuernberg Married: 1494, Agnes Frey, Nuernberg Died: 6 April 1528, Nuernberg

Albrecht Dürer was one of the greatest Northern Renaissance artists.
He was known as an important painter and was widely noted for his graphic works. Many artists in Europe admired and copied his original and impressive prints.  His works included religious and mythological scenes.  He also created maps and images of exotic animals.

Mr.  Dürer’s prints  still are known for their precision. The third son of  a Hungarian goldsmith,  Albrecht was trained as a metal worker at a young age. He applied the same  exacting methods required in this delicate work to his woodcuts and engravings. His famous Apocalypse series holds a Gothic feel.

Between 1505 and 1507,  Albrecht traveled to Italy. In Venice he met the great master Giovanni Bellini and other artists, and he obtained an important commission for a painting, the Madonna of the Rose Garlands 1506,  for the German Merchants’ Foundation. Having worked with and observed some of the greatest Italian Renaissance artists of all time he was able to merge some of their techniques with his own and create some true masterpieces. Beginning as early as 1512, Dürer became portraitist to the rich and famous  including Emperor Maximilian I,  and Christian II of Denmark,  .“In The Uffizi: A Guide to the Gallery (Venice: Edizione Storti, 1980, p. 57) Umberto Fortis comments that Durer’s journeys enabled him “to fuse the Gothic traditions of the North with the achievements in perspective, volumetric and plastic handling of forms, and color of the Italians in an original synthesis which was to have great influence with the Italian Mannerists.” /

Albrecht Dürer

Mr.Dürers art is “Humanistic” His focus is on the individual.

“his observations of nature, and his awareness of his own individual potential demonstrate the intellectually inquiring spirit of the Renaissance.”

“Durer expressed his theories on proportion in The Four Books on Human Proportions, published posthumously in 1528″

This painting “The Large Turf” appeals to me for a couple of  reasons:  first, it is a relief from the portraits, nudes, and black and white copper engravings that Mr Dürer is so famous for creating.  Second, I  thoroughly enjoy outdoor scenes, especially greenery, this time of year when our world is so often in black and white.



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    I like this painting as well. I did not know that Durer had such art, I thought he always had the types you mentioned, “portraits, nudes, and black and white copper engravings.” You did a good job fulfilling the assignments requirements, with the mention of his humanistic focus. I also agree with the greenery, this painting makes me think of sitting by a lake( unfrozen) with a nice breeze in my face.

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    bekahtelfer Says:

    I really enjoyed your blog post. It was set up very nicely. I wasn’t aware that Durer had such a wide repertoire. At first I thought “The Large Turf” was a photo until I looked harder. I agree with you that it is such a refreshment from the nude and mythological paintings that are so common. I noticed you mention that his art was humanistic because he focused on the individual. Did you find any examples of how he focused on the individual? Thanks for the post it was very informative.

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