Amorous Peasants by Albrecht Durer

Amorous Peasants - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

TitleAmorous Peasants
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBiblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy

About Amorous Peasants

The artwork “Amorous Peasants” by Albrecht Dürer is a genre painting from the Northern Renaissance period. This piece is housed in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, Italy. The drawing captures an intimate moment between two peasants, presumably a couple, which reflects the artist’s attention to everyday life and his skill in capturing human emotion.

As for the drawing itself, it depicts a man and a woman standing close to each other, with body language and facial expressions that suggest a sense of familiarity and affection. The woman appears to be looking at the man with a slight smile, while the man seems to whisper into her ear, his hand carrying a bowl, possibly a gift or a symbol of a shared activity. Both are dressed in clothing typical of 16th-century European peasantry.

Their attire is detailed, with the man’s slashed sleeves and the woman’s bodice and skirt. The man wears a pouch and a knife at his waist—practical items for a rural lifestyle. The artist has also included charming details such as the woman’s headdress and the man’s bag, suggesting his knack for representing the textures and accessories of the period. The couple stands on what could be a puddle, indicating a possible outdoor setting. The artwork exudes a sense of warmth and human connection, bringing to light the simplicity and tenderness found in the daily lives of people during the Renaissance.

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