Allegory of Justice (1498) by Albrecht Durer

Allegory of Justice - Albrecht Durer - 1498

Artwork Information

TitleAllegory of Justice
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

About Allegory of Justice

The artwork “Allegory of Justice” was created by the notable Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer in 1498. This allegorical painting, executed with ink on paper, is part of the rich artistic traditions of the Northern Renaissance period. The piece is housed in the Hermitage Museum located in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

In the image, you can see a figure that is typically representing the allegory of Justice. The figure appears seated, draped in flowing garments, and the posture is one of composed authority. While the intricate details that make up the medium of ink on paper are not fully visible in this reproduction, the drawing would characteristically feature the fine lines and attention to detail that Dürer is known for. It is common for allegorical representations of Justice to include certain symbols, such as scales, a sword, or a blindfold; however, these traditional symbols do not appear to be prominent in this particular image. The focus seems to be on the dignity and poise of the character, which might be meant to convey the fair and balanced nature of justice.

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