Christ Taken Captive (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Taken Captive - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Taken Captive
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1511
Mediumwoodcut
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK
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About Christ Taken Captive

“Christ Taken Captive,” a profound work by the renowned German Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer, was created circa 1511. This work is part of Durer’s “The Small Passion” series, which delves into religious themes, particularly focusing on the final days of Jesus Christ, including his arrest, torture, and crucifixion.

Albrecht Durer, celebrated for his exceptional skills as a painter, printmaker, and writer, made significant contributions to the art world during the Northern Renaissance. His works are distinguished by their meticulous attention to detail and his efforts to accurately represent human and animal bodies. Durer’s influence extended beyond his paintings; he was also a master of printmaking, an art form through which he first made a substantial impact.

The painting “Christ Taken Captive” is a testament to Durer’s ability to convey complex emotions and narratives through his art. It captures the tumultuous scene of Jesus’s capture with swords and spears pointed at him, evoking a sense of chaos and emotional intensity.

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