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Landscape with a Footbridge
Albrecht Altdorfer

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 Albrecht Altdorfer
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
Dimensions 41.2 x 35.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1961
Inventory number NG6320
Location in Gallery Room 4
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