Christ Driving the Merchants from the Temple (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Driving the Merchants from the Temple - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Driving the Merchants from the Temple
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Christ Driving the Merchants from the Temple

The artwork “Christ Driving the Merchants from the Temple” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1511 as part of “The Small Passion” series. This work belongs to the Northern Renaissance art movement and is categorized as religious painting. It is currently housed in the British Museum in London, United Kingdom.

The woodcut depicts a dynamic and powerful scene where Christ is shown in a moment of righteous anger, driving the merchants and money changers out of the Temple. The force of his action is evident as people are toppled and their tables overturned, spilling coins and wares. Dürer’s skillful use of line and contrast captures the motion and moral intensity of the biblical episode. Jesus is at the center, depicted with energy and divine wrath as he brandishes a whip. The scene is rendered with intricate details, and the expressions of the figures convey a range of emotions, from shock to indignation. The image successfully communicates the chaos and transformative power of the event and serves as a testament to Dürer’s mastery of the woodcut medium.

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