Christ Before Caiaphas (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Before Caiaphas - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Before Caiaphas
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Christ Before Caiaphas

The artwork “Christ Before Caiaphas” is an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1512 during the Northern Renaissance period. This religious piece reflects the significant interest in biblical themes common in the era. It is held in a private collection, and like much of Dürer’s work, it showcases his masterful engraving technique and attention to detail.

The image portrays a compelling scene where Christ stands before Caiaphas, the High Priest. The composition is rich with narrative detail, showing the tension of the moment through the expressive poses and interactions between the characters. Dürer’s skill in rendering textures and materials is evident through the varied surfaces, from the lustrous armor of the soldiers to the intricate folds of the garments. The setting includes architectural elements and symbols that reinforce the religious context of the scene. The drama is further amplified by the strong use of chiaroscuro, creating a stark contrast between light and shadow that directs the viewer’s gaze towards the central figures of Christ and Caiaphas.

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