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Albrecht Dürer was the leading Renaissance artist of his generation outside Italy, which was the artistic centre of the western world at that point. 'Iris Troiana' is one of his most timeless works.
This is an unusual work of the artist, for the simple reason that it doesn't fall into most of the usual categories into which Albrecht Dürer's projects usually fall. Much of this particular artist's work was religious and especially scriptural in nature. His art is revered in both the Lutheran and Episcopal churches. Also, much of his art brings us straight back to that 15th-century/16th-century period. Albrecht Dürer tends not to recreate Biblical times for his audience when he explores Biblical themes. He prefers to set his work in his own time and place, so we often get surprising glimpses into Albrecht Dürer's world. However, this watercolour reproduction of an iris flower simply shows the timeless beauty of nature.
Flowers in their fresh beauty don't really change over time. The flower may wither and die but thousands more will take their place. Judging by the skill and attention to detail, this could easily be a contemporary painting. Fans of the artist wishing to behold the original painting, in its pristine beauty, may do so in the gallery where it is currently housed. For those interested to know, the painting is presently housed in the collection at the Monasterio de El Escorial, Spain. This is a royal palace that houses many different facilities, including a museum and art gallery. It's a regal setting for a special painting.
Throughout his varied career, Albrecht Dürer is seen to have worked in many different media. His curious mind explored different expressions of art and he was constantly trying to learn more. In addition to his famed engravings, he also painted in both watercolours and oils. This watercolour project was created in 1508. It is a triumph of still life. The flower, as if frozen in time, retains its deep and dark shade. It has often been noticed that Dürer's still life paintings possess an almost photographic quality, despite the fact that the concept didn't even exist in his time. He has captured this flower for posterity, for future generations to enjoy five centuries later. His skill is awesome. What we're beholding is a virtual snapshot of a flower from five centuries ago. The painting also exudes peace and serenity, which is also an awesome achievement.