Christ before Caiaphas by Albrecht Durer

Christ before Caiaphas - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

TitleChrist before Caiaphas
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Christ before Caiaphas

The artwork titled “Christ before Caiaphas” is a creation by Albrecht Dürer that belongs to the Northern Renaissance art movement. It serves as a sketch and study and is part of “The Green Passion” series. This intricate piece falls within the sketch and study genre, reflecting the detailed and refined approach characteristic of the Northern Renaissance.

The artwork itself is a highly detailed drawing that captures a moment of dramatic tension. It depicts the scene where Christ stands before Caiaphas, the high priest, surrounded by an agitated crowd. The composition is dense with figures, and the expressive lines used to sketch the characters convey a strong sense of movement and emotion. The attention to detail in the clothing, facial expressions, and gestures of the crowd creates a vivid tableau that draws the viewer into the narrative moment.

To the right of the image, Caiaphas is seated, appearing authoritative and accusatory as he addresses Christ, whose figure is prominently placed yet seems calm amid the chaotic scene. The central figures are emphasized by the architectural elements, including the archway above, which frames the key players and adds a sense of depth to the drawing. Albrecht Dürer’s monogram, “AD,” can be seen near the bottom, indicating his authorship of the piece.

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