The Hare
Albrecht Dürer
The Hare
Albrecht Dürer (German, Northern Renaissance, 1471–1528): The Hare (Der Feldhase) (also known as: The Young Hare; The Wild Hare), 1502. Watercolor and bodycolor (gouache) on a cream wash, 25.1 x 22.6 cm (9.88 x 8.9 inches). The Albertina, Vienna, Austria. Image: © The Albertina. © This photo image or artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

'... incredibly well rendered – the texture of its soft fur and the delicate bone structure beneath are almost tangible ... more to it than that – the picture reveals some of the essence of the creature. It's ears are pricked up, signalling that it is ready spring up and tear away ... The picture also has a significant position in the history of art, mainly because the hare is the only focus. "Up until then, representations of animals were always packed into religious images," says Angela Wenzel, author of several books on art. "But now this hare comes along alone. This hare is just a hare."

That's one reason ... why the painting still seems so modern – it could just as easily have been painted now.'

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