recto: View of Sarmingstein an der Donau Albrecht Altdorfer


Albrecht Altdorfer Regensburg, ca. 1480 – Regensburg, 1538

Date: 1511
Medium: recto: pen, black ink on paper, verso: pen, black ink, red, black chalk
Dimensions: 147 × 207 mm
Type: drawing
Inventory number: 21
Collection: Prints and Drawings

The artists of the Danube School were the first to depict nature in such a way that the landscape did not only serve as the setting for a scene but was the main theme of the work of art. The Sarmingstein on the Danube, together with a few drawings by Wolf Huber, has been regarded as a milestone in art history, not only because it is one of the earliest independent landscapes, but also because it is one of the very first depictions of a landscape which can be identified as an existing geographical location. Altdorfer shows the Danube and mountains rising steeply above it from a viewpoint well above the river, which implies that the drawing was not made from nature but from memory.

Szilvia Bodnár

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