An image of The small horse

Albrecht Dürer

(Germany 24 May 1471 – 05 Apr 1528)

The small horse

Location
Not on display
Further information

Dürer drew the horse according to his system of ideal proportions which preoccupied him in the years immediately preceding 1505. The influence of antique sculpture is also apparent. The animal is shown in profile against a receding barrel vault permitting accurate measurement and comparison of the parts to the whole. Walking beside the horse is a knight in an elaborate butterfly-winged helmet and winged boots. Some commentators have thought him to represent Perseus or Mercury.

Year
1505
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
16.4 x 10.7 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Dated u.c., [incised plate] "1505".
Credit
Purchased 1963
Accession number
DO8.1963