Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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Albrecht Dürer, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, 1498
By NAYOUNG KWON

Albrecht Dürer, a German artist was famous for creating elegant, and detailed artworks by using the techniques of wood engravings. More than a few works by Dürer relate mostly to Christianity and its prophecies. In Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the chaos and destruction show the four horsemen with an angel makes claim to bring Death, Famine, War and Conquest onto human kind. Dürer have truly showcased his skills of wood engraving but also incorporated the use of mathematics in the work. The artwork flows smoothly from angel to women lying on the ground and it not too chaos for the eyes to follow. The triangle composition of the artwork stands out clearly and it grabs the viewer's attention on the Four Horsemen. The emotions of each creature and human truly show desperation, grief and destruction, which is incredible since it was created from wood.

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