Christ Among the Doctors (1506) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Among the Doctors - Albrecht Durer - 1506

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TitleChrist Among the Doctors
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions80 x 65 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationThyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

About Christ Among the Doctors

The artwork “Christ Among the Doctors” is a distinguished piece by Albrecht Dürer, completed in 1506. This oil on panel painting is an exemplar of the Northern Renaissance, measuring 80 by 65 centimeters. It falls within the religious painting genre and is currently housed at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain. The subject matter reflects a significant biblical scene associated with the young Jesus Christ.

The artwork vividly depicts a scene with young Christ situated at the center, engaging with a group of elder doctors or scholars. The composition is characterized by intense, lifelike expressions and a meticulous attention to detail, hallmarks of Dürer’s style. Each figure around Christ is portrayed with individualized features and reactions, ranging from curiosity and wonder to skepticism and scrutiny.

Dürer’s skill in capturing the textures of skin, hair, and clothing is also evident, enhancing the realism of the scene. The figures are tightly arranged, creating a sense of immediacy and intimacy within the narrative. A notable feature of the painting is the use of light and shadow to accentuate the faces and hands of the subjects, drawing the viewer’s focus toward the central action of Christ’s dialogue with the doctors. The colors are rich yet somber, evoking the seriousness of the religious subject matter.

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