DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Large Horse

Engraving, 167 x 119 mm
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe

The Large Horse dates from the same year as the Small Horse, and is also connected with Dürer's studies of proportion. The monumental size of his body, stable position and calm expression present us with a balanced temperament. The extreme foreshortening of the horse's body, the flat architectural backdrop in the background and the raised ground on which the animal is standing with its hind hooves all increase the impression of monumental size. While the horse is standing calmly and firmly on the ground, the warrior with him is depicted striding energetically. A drawing in the city library of Nuremberg indicates that the large horse was based on a proportional scheme.