Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was a German painter, printmaker and theorist from Nuremberg. His vast body of work includes altarpieces, religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings. His watercolours mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium.
Durer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, have secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatise which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions. His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Renaissance in Northern Europe ever since.
The Young Hare, in watercolour and bodycolour, is acknowledged as a masterpiece of observational art. The subject is rendered with almost photographic accuracy, and although the piece is normally given the title Young Hare, the portrait is sufficiently detailed for the hare to be identified as a mature specimen.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-636: card size 6" x 6" (150mm x 150mm)