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Albrecht Dürer
German (1471 - 1528) Primary

The Little (or Small ) Courier

ca. 1496, printed in the artist's lifetime
Engraving on laid paper
State: Printed in the artist's lifetime

4 3/8 in. x 3 1/8 in. (11.1 cm x 7.9 cm)
Gift of Abby A. K. Turner Van Pelt Griscom, Class of 1952, Katherine Drexel Van Pelt Beaver, and Charles B. P. Van Pelt

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: VP.115
Geography: Europe, Germany
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Engravings
Culture/Nationality: German
Collection: 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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