Durer’s Hare

Young Hare by Albrecht Durer, 1502
Young Hare by Albrecht Durer, 1502

In our next semester of homeschool co-op, I am teaching a drawing and art appreciation class to a small group of 4-1/2 to 6-year-old girls. This is coming up next week. I might prepare myself by posting the artwork I’m showing them for the art appreciation portion of the class. In the first class, I’ll show them Durer’s Young Hare, which isn’t young. It’s a mature hare. Painters in the early 1500s didn’t often paint only an animal. So this one is special, not to mention meticulously detailed. There is a debate about whether Durer painted from a live specimen or stuffed. Whichever it was, the artist is skilled at putting the spark of life in his painting. I love seeing art that looks as if the artist spent a lot of time carefully adding one small stroke after one small stroke. It shows a love for painting, a commitment to his work, and a patience to reach a truthful image.

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