Christ among the Doctors in the Temple (1503) by Albrecht Durer

Christ among the Doctors in the Temple - Albrecht Durer - 1503

Artwork Information

TitleChrist among the Doctors in the Temple
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Christ among the Doctors in the Temple

Albrecht Dürer’s “Christ among the Doctors in the Temple,” created in 1503, is a woodcut belonging to the Northern Renaissance art movement. It is part of the “Life of the Virgin” series and depicts a religious theme. This artwork is housed in the Albertina museum located in Vienna, Austria.

The woodcut shows a young Christ in the center of a temple, surrounded by various figures who seem to be engaged in a fervent discussion. Christ is depicted as poised and composed, possibly in the act of teaching or debating with the doctors of the law. The scene is set within an architectural space that includes arches and a curved dome, which give a sense of depth to the composition. The figures are dressed in robes and the attention to detail in their expressions and gestures is meticulous, reflecting the scholarly nature of the event. The use of light and dark contrasts in the woodcut creates a dramatic effect, emphasizing the central figure of Christ. The intricacy of the woodcut technique is evident in the fine lines and textures that give life to the garments, architectural elements, and facial features, which is characteristic of Dürer’s masterful craftsmanship.

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