The Albrecht-Dürer-View, in Mösern

Do you remember the local theory that Pieter Breugel sketched out his “Hunters In The Snow” while sitting on the shady banks below Schloss Ambras, at Innsbruck? This is Albrecht Dürer’s Self-portrait at 26, which is hanging in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Dürer traveled from Nuremberg to Italy in 1494, and like Breugel he was impressed by the alpine landscape and made sketches which he would use in later works. The village of Mösern, near Seefeld in Tirol, claims that the landscape visible from the window is clearly of the Inn Valley as viewed from Mösern, and has named this particular vista the “Albrecht-Dürer-View”.

I’d say this is a pretty good match, especially for a painting made from a sketch, itself made years before on a journey.

Above photo by Veronika Freh found here. Image of Dürer’s self-portrait from Wikipedia.

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2 Responses to The Albrecht-Dürer-View, in Mösern

  1. Paschberg says:

    Interesting. I wonder If there are more such backgrounds in old paintings, that are that much natural.
    Of course there are several tyrolean impressions from well known landscape painters (like
    Cozens: http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/citi/images/standard/WebLarge/WebImg_000117/8140_1176523.jpg), but the special impression in Dürers Painting ist, that the landscape is “hidden”, to view casually through the window.
    I must confess, I didn´t know that this place is called “Dürerblick”

  2. Marcellina says:

    I researched this Cozens on the internet and found another with almost the same name, “In the Tyrol, the Valley of the Eisack, near Brixen”. http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artwork.php?mkey=14909
    It is in the National Gallery of Canada. It is clearly a different painting but seems to be from the same standing point or a little bit closer to the river.

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