Christ s Entry into Jerusalem (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ s Entry into Jerusalem - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist s Entry into Jerusalem
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Christ s Entry into Jerusalem

“Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1511 as part of his series “The Small Passion.” This artwork is from the Northern Renaissance period and depicts a religious scene. The medium used for this piece is woodcut, a technique well-suited for the intricate lines and details characteristic of Dürer’s work. Originally part of a larger series depicting the Passion of Christ, this artwork is now housed in the British Museum in London, UK.

The woodcut shows Jesus riding on a donkey, entering Jerusalem as depicted in the Christian biblical narratives. Jesus is centrally placed in the composition and is surrounded by a crowd of people who display a variety of reactions to his arrival. Some figures are seen laying garments or palm branches on the ground before him, a traditional sign of honor and welcome. The crowd includes a variety of characters, indicative of the diversity of individuals who might have been present during such an event according to the Gospel stories.

The city of Jerusalem is suggested in the background with an architectural outline, while the foreground is teeming with activity. Dürer’s use of dynamic lines and contrast between light and shadow brings an energy to the scene, capturing the movement and emotion of the moment. Additionally, his attention to detail, as seen in the expressions of the characters and the textures of their clothes and the palm branches, is consistent with the Northern Renaissance’s focus on realism and depth.

The monogram of Albrecht Dürer, a prominent feature in all his works, is present in the top right corner of the image. This woodcut is a fine example of Dürer’s mastery in printmaking and contributes significantly to the portrayal of religious themes during the Northern Renaissance.

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