Angel Fair (c.1500) by Albrecht Durer

Angel Fair - Albrecht Durer - c.1500

Artwork Information

TitleAngel Fair
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMusee des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes, France

About Angel Fair

The artwork titled “Angel Fair” by Albrecht Dürer, dated around 1500, belongs to the Northern Renaissance movement and falls under the genre of religious painting. It is housed at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes in Rennes, France. The work depicts a complex scene with a mix of human figures and celestial beings, combining elements of the divine and the earthly in a single frame.

In the artwork, the scene is dense with figures and activity, caught in a moment of bustling energy. The forefront is filled with numerous angels engaging in various actions; some appear to be reading or writing, while others are in the motion of flying. Among the flurry of angelic activity, human figures are scattered throughout, seemingly interacting with the divine messengers. In the background, there is an altar with a figure at its center, and behind it, one can see an intricate rose window, suggestive of a church setting. The juxtaposition of mortal beings and angels suggests a narrative of interaction between the heavens and earth, which is typical of the Northern Renaissance’s focus on detailed storytelling and the infusion of religious content into art.

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