Bearded Man (1520) by Albrecht Durer

Bearded Man - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitleBearded Man
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationStadelsches Kunstinstitut und Stadtische Galerie (Stadel), Frankfurt am Main, Germany

About Bearded Man

The artwork titled “Bearded Man” is a portrait by Albrecht Dürer, a remarkable artist of the Northern Renaissance era. Created in 1520, this work embodies the meticulous detail and refined technique characteristic of that period. The genre of this piece is portraiture, and it is currently housed at the Städel Museum, officially known as the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Examining the image provided, the portrait immediately strikes with its intricate detailing and expressive representation. It portrays an older man with a full beard that spirals and flows with naturalistic detail. The man’s hair is similarly rendered with care, showing individual curls and waves that give a sense of movement and texture. His gaze is direct and seems introspective, with eyes that deeply engage the viewer. The artist has captured a level of emotion and character in the man’s face, which is a hallmark of Dürer’s portraiture.

The man’s clothing, although not in full view, suggests the fashion of the era with what appears to be a fur or lined collar providing a contrast to the softness of his hair and beard. The hatching techniques used for shading and texture demonstrate Dürer’s skillful control of line work, which adds depth to the portrait. The monochromatic nature of the drawing focuses the viewer on the play of light and shadow without the distraction of color. Though the background is sparse, it doesn’t detract from the subject but rather emphasizes his presence and personality.

Overall, the portrait is a testament to Albrecht Dürer’s exceptional ability to convey not only the physical likeness of his subjects but also their inner life, a pursuit that was integral to the Northern Renaissance’s more humanistic approach to art.

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