“From this [drawing], the treasure secretly gathered in your heart will become evident through your creative work.”
– Albrecht Dürer
While searching for images for another post, I came across this painting by Albrecht Dürer. A Great Piece of Turf, painted by the artist in Nuremberg, Germany in 1503 is widely considered to be his masterpiece and it is a remarkable piece of realistic painting. Durer is quoted as saying “Truly art is firmly fixed in Nature. He who can extract her thence, he alone has her.”
I have always thought that botanical painting would be interesting to study and practice, but I am generally put off by what I see as rigidity in the discipline. The reality is that this is what appeals to me immensely and I am pleased to add to my knowledge of art history by becoming aware of the ‘realistic’ paintings of Albrecht Dürer.
I also think it proves an undeniable fact; weeds are in the eye of the beholder.
Check out a few more of his amazing images.