Apollo And Diana (1502) by Albrecht Durer

Apollo And Diana - Albrecht Durer - 1502

Artwork Information

TitleApollo And Diana
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Apollo And Diana

The artwork “Apollo and Diana” is an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, dating back to 1502. As a key figure of the Northern Renaissance, Dürer created this piece within the mythological painting genre, exhibiting mastery in his medium. The Northern Renaissance is known for its detailed, intricate works and its emphasis on realism and naturalism, even within mythological subjects.

In the engraving, Apollo and Diana are presented as classical deities from Greek mythology, with Apollo, the god of the sun, depicted on the left, and Diana, the goddess of the hunt, on the right. They are shown in the nude, a common practice in Renaissance art to depict mythological figures, representing the idealized human form. Apollo is standing tall, drawing his bow, with a confident expression and his hair appears to be wind-swept, adding to his dynamic posture. Diana is portrayed more quietly, standing beside Apollo, with a bow in her left hand and a deer by her right side, underlining her association with hunting and wild animals. The intricate details in the figures’ musculature and the textural elements of their hair showcase Durer’s skill in engraving, a testament to his contribution to Northern Renaissance art.

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