Christ Taken Captive (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Taken Captive - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Taken Captive
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Christ Taken Captive

The artwork titled “Christ Taken Captive” is an esteemed creation by Albrecht Dürer, a leading figure of the Northern Renaissance. Crafted in 1511, this woodcut is a part of Dürer’s “The Small Passion” series, which delves into religious themes. The series, including this particular piece, falls within the genre of religious painting, despite its medium being woodcut. The British Museum in London, United Kingdom, is presently the custodian of this notable work.

The artwork itself is a meticulous woodcut that portrays a dense, chaotic gathering of figures surrounding the central scene of Christ’s arrest. The composition is rich with intricate details, characteristic of Dürer’s mastery of the woodcut medium. In the scene, Christ is depicted in a moment of austerity and composure among soldiers and onlookers who exude a sense of motion and agitation. The precise lines and stark contrasts imbue the scene with a dramatic intensity, emphasizing the gravity of the narrative moment. The figures are adorned with contemporaneous clothing and armor, providing a glimpse into the period’s fashion, as well as Dürer’s own interpretation of the biblical event through the lens of his time. The piece’s strong emphasis on linearity and the powerful expressiveness of the characters’ faces and gestures are hallmarks of Dürer’s work and reflect the artistic innovations of the Northern Renaissance. This artwork engages the viewer with its intricate narrative detail and compelling representation of a pivotal story from Christian scripture.

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