Bird Families

Description of the painting, The wing of the blue-bellied bluebird, Albrechta Durer

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The genus of Rollers - Coracias - is related to kingfishers and honey badgers.
Includes types:

* Common Roller, or European - Coracias garrulus
* Roller abyssinian - Coracias abyssinica
* Lilac-breasted Roller - Coracias caudata
* Rocket-tail Roller - Coracias spatulata
* Red-crested Roller - Coracias noevia
* Indian Roller - Coracias benghalensis
* Roller Temmink - Coracias temminckii
* Blue-bellied Roller - Coracias cyanogaster

Better than photography

“Wing” is literally “living”, photographically accurate drawing from nature.

Renaissance artists usually depicted monumental biblical subjects, demonstrating the beauty of a person. Dürer also had such pictures. However, he wrote many animalistic works, thoroughly studying the anatomy of animals. The fur and feathers of his “models” have always been especially authentic, frighteningly delightful details.

In the painting "" The wing of the blue-bellied roller "", the viewer sees the wing of a bird. It seems to be wide open, straightened so that you can see every feather. The drawing can really serve as a visual anatomical aid. The canvas is awe-inspiring, because something that is almost impossible to see in reality opens up to the eye.

This, like many similar paintings by the author, is in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. Together, such seemingly disparate plots create an indescribable atmosphere of Dürer's work, which left a huge mark on the art of the 16th century.

We can talk about the Wings palette for a long time.From black, deep blue shades smoothly turn into blue, and those in - light green and again rush into the blue depth. At first glance, you might even think that it belongs to a parrot.

The author paid great attention to color: in the composition, chiaroscuro plays a non-priority role - the volume of the object is already clear, thanks to the combination of colors and drawing of details.

But most of all, naturalism is visible because of the contrast. On a yellowed, lifeless, flat sheet - a bright, fluffy wing is exceptionally lively, as if hanging in the air in front of the viewer. The base of the wing is beautifully designed: the shadow, in combination with the highlights on the chestnut feathers and the “gray” down on top, make the wing massive, heavy even in appearance. And that is why it is even more “real”.

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