Christ Taken Captive (1510) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Taken Captive - Albrecht Durer - 1510

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Taken Captive
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Christ Taken Captive

“Christ Taken Captive” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1510 as part of “The Large Passion” series, during the Northern Renaissance. This religious painting is housed in the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria, and is known for its intricate and detailed representation of the Biblical event of Jesus Christ being arrested.

The artwork itself portrays a scene of dramatic intensity and chaos. Central to the composition is the figure of Christ, who appears calm amidst the tumultuous crowd of soldiers and onlookers. The crowd is depicted with a variety of expressions and poses, showcasing Dürer’s skill in human anatomy and facial features. Soldiers in armor carry halberds and swords, creating a sense of aggression and movement. Among the throng, you can see figures betraying shock, anger, and aggression; the turmoil of the event is palpably rendered on the woodcut.

The technique used in the woodcut, with its delicate lines and detailed rendering of textures, is characteristic of Dürer’s mastery in printmaking. Despite the monochromatic nature of the woodcut, the depth and detail provide a clear narrative and a strong emotional impact. The trees, landscape, and sky in the background complement the scene, adding context and depth to the setting without distracting from the central event.

Albrecht Dürer’s attention to detail, along with his ability to convey such a complex story within a single image, makes “Christ Taken Captive” a seminal work of the Northern Renaissance and a testament to Dürer’s talent as an artist.

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