Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist and the Disciples at Emmaus
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus

The artwork titled “Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus” was created by Albrecht Dürer in 1511. It is a woodcut print that belongs to the Northern Renaissance art movement and is part of the series known as “The Small Passion.” This religious-themed artwork is currently housed at the British Museum in London, United Kingdom.

The woodcut depicts the biblical scene from the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus, after his resurrection, reveals himself to two of his disciples in the town of Emmaus. Jesus is positioned centrally at a table, surrounded by his disciples, with a radiant halo emitting light from his head, indicating his divine nature. The characters are framed by an arch that sets the scene within a domestic interior. The detailed expressions and gestures of the disciples suggest a moment of revelation and awe as they recognize Jesus during the breaking of bread, which is a reference to the Eucharist. Dürer’s mastery of the woodcut medium is evident in the fine lines and intricate details that convey texture and shading, contributing to the dramatic intensity and spiritual gravitas of the scene. The artist’s monogram, “AD,” can also be noted on the artwork.

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