Christ Crowned with Thorns (1504) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Crowned with Thorns - Albrecht Durer - 1504

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Crowned with Thorns
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Christ Crowned with Thorns

The artwork “Christ Crowned with Thorns” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1504, is a significant piece from the Northern Renaissance period. This religious painting is part of “The Small Passion” series and is currently located at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria. It showcases Dürer’s masterful engraving skills and his ability to convey intense emotion and narrative through his artwork.

In the depiction, you can see a representation from the Passion of Christ. The central figure of Jesus is seated and appears to be enduring the torture of having a crown of thorns pressed onto his head by the soldiers surrounding him. The scene is set within an architectural space that suggests a solemn and oppressive atmosphere. The intricate details and the use of light and shadow illustrate Dürer’s technical skill and contribute to the emotional impact of the scene. The composition is balanced yet dynamic, with the figures’ actions drawing focus towards the suffering of Christ. The expressions and body language of the characters involved communicate a narrative of cruelty, mocking, and pain, with Jesus at the tragic center of the unfolding event.

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