Christ at the Cross (c.1494 – 1497) by Albrecht Durer

Christ at the Cross - Albrecht Durer - c.1494 - 1497

Artwork Information

TitleChrist at the Cross
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Datec.1494 - 1497
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Christ at the Cross

“Christ at the Cross” is an oil on panel painting by Albrecht Dürer, created circa 1494 – 1497. It is a religious painting from the Northern Renaissance period and is part of “The Seven Sorrows of Mary” series. The artwork represents a moment from the Christian narrative of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, focusing on his suffering and the sorrow of those who are present.

The painting depicts Christ on the cross near the hilltop. His body is portrayed with a sense of realism indicative of the Northern Renaissance’s attention to detail, showing the strain of his physical ordeal. Around him are several figures, likely representing the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and other characters from the biblical account of his crucifixion, characterized by their reflective and somber expressions. They are dressed in garments that reflect the fashions of the period, imbuing the classical subject matter with a contemporary feel. The background shows a detailed landscape that recedes into the distance, featuring buildings and natural elements that provide context and depth to the scene. The emotions depicted are powerful, reflecting the gravity of the religious event being depicted, which is central to the Christian faith.

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