Christ on the Mount of Olives (1521) by Albrecht Durer

Christ on the Mount of Olives - Albrecht Durer - 1521

Artwork Information

TitleChrist on the Mount of Olives
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationStadel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

About Christ on the Mount of Olives

“Christ on the Mount of Olives,” a pen and ink on paper artwork by Albrecht Dürer, dates back to 1521 and is an exemplar of the Northern Renaissance art movement. This religious painting is located at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It showcases Dürer’s intricate draftsmanship and his engagement with religious themes.

The artwork depicts a scene from the New Testament, where Jesus is praying on the Mount of Olives while his disciples sleep. The scene is richly detailed, demonstrating Dürer’s skill in pen and ink, a medium that allows for precise and fine lines. Christ is seen at the right, separated from the sleeping disciples on the left by a rock. This separation symbolizes the isolation Jesus feels as he contemplates his impending suffering. The trees and rocks around the figures are rendered with meticulous attention to their textures, and the overall composition suggests a quiet and somber moment before the turbulence of Christ’s arrest. This piece reflects the heightened emphasis on realism and detail characteristic of the Northern Renaissance, as well as the period’s deep interest in portraying religious narratives with emotional depth and humanity.

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