Landscape with a Footbridge

A wooden bridge spans a river. In the distance are mountains, and then a church spire and the houses of a village. The details of the composition may be based on the topography of specific locations in the Danube valley, but the landscape is probably not intended as a view of a particular place.

This picture is a very early example by a Western European artist of an independent landscape painted without figures. A second landscape by Altdorfer in Munich (Alte Pinakothek) is also without figures; the present picture possibly dates from about 1518-20 and may be the earlier of the two.

Key facts

Artist dates
shortly before 1480 - 1538
Full title
Landscape with a Footbridge
Date made
about 1518-20
Medium and support
Oil on vellum on wood
41.2 x 35.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1961
Inventory number
Location in Gallery