Albrecht Dürer, 1516 - Abduction on a Unicorn - fine art print

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The artwork Abduction on a Unicorn was created by Albrecht Dürer in 1516. Moveover, the work of art belongs to the Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)'s digital collection, which is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. With courtesy of National Gallery of Denmark (license: public domain).: . Moreover, alignment of the digital reproduction is portrait and has a ratio of 1 : 1.4, which implies that the length is 29% shorter than the width. Albrecht Dürer was a male painter, whose artistic style can primarily be attributed to Northern Renaissance. The artist was born in the year 1471 and died at the age of 57 in 1528.

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  • The poster print on canvas material: Our poster print is a UV printed canvas with a slight finish on the surface. Please note, that depending on the absolute size of the poster print we add a white margin between 2-6cm round about the print to facilitate the framing with your custom frame.
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  • Canvas: A UV printed canvas stretched on a wooden frame. Besides, printed canvas makes a attractive and positive look. The great advantage of canvas prints is that they are relatively low in weight, which implies that it is quite simple to hang up the Canvas print without additional wall-mounts. A canvas print is suited for any type of wall.
  • Acrylic glass print: An acrylic glass print, which is often named as a an art print on plexiglass, changes your favorite original work of art into wonderful home decoration. With an acrylic glass art print contrasts plus granular artwork details become more visible thanks to the very subtle tonal gradation in the picture.

Legal disclaimer: We do in order to depict our art products as precisely as possible and to demonstrate them visually. Still, the pigments of the print products and the printing can diverge to a certain extent from the image on your monitor. Depending on your screen settings and the condition of the surface, not all colors will be printed as exactly as the digital version on this website. Because our art reproductions are processed and printed by hand, there might as well be minor differences in the exact position and the size of the motif.

About the item

Product type: art copy
Method of reproduction: digital reproduction
Manufacturing method: UV direct print
Production: German-made
Stock type: production on demand
Intended usage: home décor, home design
Orientation: portrait alignment
Side ratio: 1 : 1.4 (length : width)
Aspect ratio implication: the length is 29% shorter than the width
Available material options: poster print (canvas paper), canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond)
Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame) options: 50x70cm - 20x28", 100x140cm - 39x55"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) size options: 50x70cm - 20x28", 100x140cm - 39x55"
Poster print (canvas paper) sizes: 50x70cm - 20x28"
Dibond print (alumnium material) options: 50x70cm - 20x28", 100x140cm - 39x55"
Frame: unframed product

Background information about the original artwork

Title of the artpiece: "Abduction on a Unicorn"
Classification: painting
Broad category: classic art
Century: 16th century
Artwork year: 1516
Approximate age of artwork: around 500 years old
Exhibited in: Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)
Museum location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Available under: www.smk.dk
License of artwork: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Denmark

Brief overview of the artist

Artist: Albrecht Dürer
Artist gender: male
Nationality: German
Jobs of the artist: painter
Country of the artist: Germany
Artist category: old master
Styles of the artist: Northern Renaissance
Died at the age of: 57 years
Birth year: 1471
Year died: 1528
Place of death: Nuremberg

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In spite of great diligence and learning, no-one has as yet provided an entirely satisfactory account of the underlying meaning of this iron etching. Scholars have searched in vain for a literary source within classical mythology and German legend.

The picture's unsolvable rebus A naked horseman, his hair and beard wild and unkempt, his appearance very much like that of Dürer himself, grabs an equally naked, high-bosomed woman and abducts her on a horned, horse-like creature, presumably one of those unicorns that many have heard of but never seen.

A hidden reference to something private? A self-penned anecdote? At any rate, the picture is as yet a puzzle, an unsolvable rebus that challenges our minds and imaginations, forcing spectators to see the picture rather than merely note it.

Prints of six iron ecthings Only six iron etchings by Dürer’s hand are known today. The Department of Prints and Drawings owns prints of every one of them, even of an unusually high quality – printed before the rust set in!

Usually, graphic artists will use plates made from copper or zinc for etchings, but Dürer chose to experiments with iron plates. Every time he made a print, the inkcovered plate met a piece of damp paper. Eventually this created rust stains that appeared as shadows on the paper.

To an artist as perfectionist as Dürer, this was probably sufficient reason for conclusively returning to woodcuts and copper engraving.

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