Christ on the Cross with Three Angels (1525) by Albrecht Durer

Christ on the Cross with Three Angels - Albrecht Durer - 1525

Artwork Information

TitleChrist on the Cross with Three Angels
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Christ on the Cross with Three Angels

The artwork “Christ on the Cross with Three Angels” is a creation by the artist Albrecht Dürer, dated to 1525. It is a representative piece from the Northern Renaissance, featuring religious themes typical of this period. As a religious painting, it reflects the spiritual and devout nature of the art movement of that time.

The artwork is a finely detailed engraving that depicts Jesus Christ nailed to the cross, a canonical image from Christian iconography. He is portrayed with a serious but serene expression, his body marked by the physical strain of crucifixion, which is a common portrayal in the Christian artistic tradition to reflect the suffering of Christ.

Surrounding Christ are three angels, each occupying space around the cross with a different stance and activity. The angels seem to be capturing Christ’s blood in chalices, consistent with Christian symbolism that views Christ’s blood as redemptive for humanity’s sins. Above and below Jesus are intricate depictions of clouds and fabrics, suggesting a celestial or supernaturally charged atmosphere.

The cross itself is rendered with great care, showing texture and wood grain, symbolizing the tangible reality of the scene. Dürer’s expertise in engraving is evident from the precision of lines and the dramatic use of light and shadow, imbuing the image with a somber yet profound beauty. The carefully crafted details and expressions in the artwork speak of Dürer’s mastery in capturing both human emotion and transcendent religious experiences.

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