Lancer on Horseback by Albrecht Durer, 1502, is a pen and ink drawing of a knight with a lance on horseback. Durer’s pen captures the details of feathered helmet, lance, sword and leggings as well as the character of the striding horse.
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.