Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Engravings
Drexel–Van Pelt Collection
This print showcases Dürer's skill in negotiating minute and focused detail with a balanced overall composition, an art which he learned by studying Renaissance masters during two trips to Italy. In this scene, the hurried courier gallops toward a distant town, bearing some important message. Dürer' masterfully evokes the courier's fuzzy fur hat and the wispy blades of grass, while also imbuing the rider with movement and creating a scene that is vibrant and dynamic.
Though he was also a painter,Dürer' adopted engraving as his primary medium for exploring complex imagery. In prints like this one, he invited the viewer to carefully study the image and luxuriate in the sumptuous network of lines and textures.
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- Prints on paper incorporating impressions of a reverse design created on a printing plate, usually copper, into which the design has been incised (engraved) using burins or gravers. Historically, "engravings" has sometimes been incorrectly used to refer to all prints, regardless of the specific technique. For prints made from designs engraved on a flat wooden block, use "wood cuts"; for prints made from a plate that is etched rather than engraved, use "etchings."
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Master Prints & Drawings from the Drexel-Van Pelt Collection
Bryn Mawr College
, 11/10/1995 - 12/3/1995
Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
, 9/24/2010 - 5/28/2011
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
and Emily Croll.
Worlds to Discover.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
Page Number: 21
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