Christ and Mary Magdalene by Albrecht Durer

Christ and Mary Magdalene - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

TitleChrist and Mary Magdalene
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Christ and Mary Magdalene

The artwork “Christ and Mary Magdalene” is a creation of Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure of the Northern Renaissance. The piece falls within the genre of sketch and study, representing a preliminary work rather than a finished painting or sculpture. Dürer was known for his detailed and precise sketches, which often served as studies for larger works.

In this particular sketch, the composition captures a moment between Christ and Mary Magdalene. The figures are depicted with minimal detail, yet there is an evident sense of emotion conveyed through the postures and lines. Christ is seen facing towards the left side of the canvas, almost turning his back to the viewer, with his right hand raised, possibly gesturing or blessing. His hair is depicted with loose, flowing lines. Mary Magdalene appears to be kneeling, clasping her hands together in a gesture that suggests pleading or deep conversation. Her devotion and attentiveness towards Christ are suggested by her overall posture. The sketch is rough, with visible hatching and cross-hatching used to create shade and depth, hinting at the three-dimensionality of the scene. The simplicity of the lines focuses the viewer’s attention on the interaction between the two biblical figures, indicating the emotional depth and spiritual significance of the moment being depicted.

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