Christ Shown to the People (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Shown to the People - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Shown to the People
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Christ Shown to the People

“Christ Shown to the People” is a notable artwork by Albrecht Durer, a master of the Northern Renaissance, created in 1511. This woodcut print is part of “The Small Passion” series and embodies the religious fervor of the time, showcasing Durer’s skill in this medium. The piece belongs to the genre of religious painting, and it is held in the collection of the British Museum in London, UK.

The artwork depicts a dramatic biblical scene where Christ is presented to the public. In the foreground, a variety of onlookers exhibit different reactions—some are gesturing emphatically, while others appear indifferent or contemplative. At the center of the composition, elevated on a platform, Jesus Christ stands bound, with a crown of thorns on his head, surrounded by his captors and other figures who are likely members of the court. The detailed woodcut showcases Durer’s precision and ability to convey a narrative through intricate line work, imbuing the scene with a sense of tension and solemnity that is characteristic of religious works from this era. Behind the central figures, a cityscape can be seen, adding depth and context to the scene.

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