Classical Art, Great Masters

Albrecht Dürer

One of the beautifully detailed watercolor by Albrecht Dürer: Courtyard of the Former Castle in Innsbruck. This watercolour, together with another similar view of the same courtyard in the Tirol, was presumably created during Dürer’s first Italian journey in about 1494. The location of the castle is still disputed. Both versions show an extended courtyard with various Gothic castle buildings grouped around it. The bay-like staircase on the left is at its front side opposite the gate tower from which the second view of the courtyard was produced.