Coat of Arms of the House of Dürer (1523) by Albrecht Durer

Coat of Arms of the House of Dürer - Albrecht Durer - 1523

Artwork Information

TitleCoat of Arms of the House of Dürer
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationGermanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany

About Coat of Arms of the House of Dürer

The artwork “Coat of Arms of the House of Dürer” is a woodcut designed by Albrecht Dürer in 1523, during the Northern Renaissance period. It belongs to the genre of design and is currently preserved at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, located in Nuremberg, Germany.

The artwork displays intricate detail and a mastery of woodcut technique. At the center of the composition sits a shield adorned with an empty doorway, which represents the open door from the Dürer family coat of arms. The shield is flanked by exquisitely rendered foliate ornaments that demonstrate Dürer’s skill in capturing movement and form. A ribbon-like component weaves through the decorative elements, integrating the design.

Above the shield is a helmet, signifying nobility or social status, crowned with a large, wings-opened bird that appears to be in the posture of a heraldic crest. This avian embodiment is possibly a symbol of power and vigilance. The bird is rendered with exceptional detail, and each feather is visible and remarkably delineated.

Resting atop the entire composition is a scroll bearing the date “1523” and the monogram “AD,” the latter being Albrecht Dürer’s signature mark. The precision of the lines, the balance between the realistic and the decorative, and the overall harmony of the image typify Dürer’s masterful control over the woodcut medium and his significant contribution to the Northern Renaissance.

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