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recto: View of Sarmingstein an der Donau Albrecht Altdorfer

Artist

Albrecht Altdorfer Regensburg, ca. 1480 – Regensburg, 1538

Date 1511
Object type drawing
Medium, technique recto: pen, black ink on paper, verso: pen, black ink, red, black chalk
Dimensions

147 × 207 mm

Inventory number 21
Collection Prints and Drawings
On view This artwork is not on display

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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