Christ Crowned With Thorns (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Crowned With Thorns - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Crowned With Thorns
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Christ Crowned With Thorns

The artwork “Christ Crowned With Thorns” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1512, is an engraving that exemplifies the Northern Renaissance art movement. It falls within the genre of religious painting and is currently located in a private collection.

The engraving depicts a dense crowd of figures surrounding the central figure of Christ, who is seated and subjected to mockery and cruelty as indicated by the crown of thorns on his head. The expressions on the faces of the figures surrounding Christ are vivid, displaying a mixture of aggression and ridicule. Dürer’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in the fine lines and complex textures, especially in the rendering of clothing, hair, and the harsh instruments in the torturers’ hands. The mood is somber, invoking the suffering of Christ with deep emotional resonance.

One figure prominently holds a rod that is used to mockingly ‘crown’ Christ, while others seem engaged in conversation or absorbed in the act of mocking. The composition is crowded, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere that adds to the intensity of the scene. Dürer’s mastery of the engraving medium is clear in the gradation of light and shadow, and the range of textures that bring a dramatic realism to this pivotal biblical event. The date “1512” is inscribed in the background, marking the year of creation, and the monogram “AD,” symbolizing Dürer’s signature, is placed in the foreground at the bottom of the image.

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