Prints & Drawings - 5 of 9
Sheet of Studies with Sketches of Animals and Landscapes
Pen and black ink with colored washes
26.4 x 39.7 cm
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1919
This Sheet of Studies with Sketches of Animals and Landscapes by Albrecht Dürer, one of the great masters of the northern Renaissance, was not discovered until 1917, when it was removed from a sixteenth-century engraving to which it had been attached. The animal sketches, which include lions, a lynx, a chamois, and a monkey, were most likely made in 1521, when the artist visited the zoological garden in Brussels. The landscapes on the left half of the sheet were probably added later, after Dürer had returned to Germany.