Bearing Of The Cross (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Bearing Of The Cross - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

TitleBearing Of The Cross
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Bearing Of The Cross

The artwork titled “Bearing Of The Cross” is an engraving by the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer, dated to 1512. This piece is a testament to the Northern Renaissance art movement, showcasing its religious fervor and fine detail. The medium of engraving allowed for intricate depiction of the religious scene, and this particular work is currently held in a private collection.

In Dürer’s “Bearing Of The Cross,” we witness a scene filled with tension and emotion, as Jesus Christ is depicted carrying the cross on his way to the crucifixion, a prominent moment in Christian iconography. The artwork is rich with detail, capturing the strain and suffering of Christ with a crown of thorns on his head. Surrounding figures, likely Roman soldiers and onlookers, are portrayed with varying expressions, some showing indifference or cruelty, while others might reflect sorrow or contemplation. The precise linework and shading characteristic of engraving give depth to the composition and accentuate the movement and intensity of the scene, which is a hallmark of Dürer’s technique and the attention to minute details prevalent in Northern Renaissance art.

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