The large tree is shown against a deep-blue sky. Drawn in brown pen and green body colour, its hanging branches seem to undulate in the breeze in a captivating picture of natural beauty. While depictions of nature are for us a familiar and commonplace feature of art, the theme was something of a novelty at the time when Altdorf’s drawing was created in around 1522. The fact that only a few examples of his landscape etchings and drawings have survived is a likely indication of their popularity, which in turn meant they were probably used as wall decorations.


  • Title: Landscape with Spruce
  • Creator: Albrecht Altdorfer
  • Date: c. 1522
  • Physical Dimensions: w13.6 x h20.1 cm
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: Quill and brown ink, watercolor and coating paint
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 11651
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Jörg P. Anders │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Hans Mielke
  • Artist Place of Death: Ratisbon / Regensburg, Germany
  • Artist Gender: Male
  • Artist Dates: 1482 - 1538

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