Head of a Roebuck is a naturalistic brush, pen and ink drawing of the head of a deer by Albrecht Durer, 1503. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Durer was among the first of artists to explore nature and the natural world in such detail, to the great enrichment of Renaissance art. Details of the deer’s features and antlers demonstrate why Durer’s many drawings and watercolors of animals remain popular today.
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was a German painter of the Northern Renaissance whose work as an engraver, printmaker, mathematician and theorist secured his reputation as one of the greatest artists of Europe. His many paintings, portraits, altarpieces, watercolors, and engravings were the first in the Northern Renaissance to use classical motifs from antiquity and the Italian Renaissance. Durer’s unparalleled skill in drawing and engraving as well as mastery of perspective allowed him rapid execution of a range of motifs which elicit universal admiration to this day.