Coat of arms with open man behind (c.1493 – c.1495) by Albrecht Durer

Coat of arms with open man behind - Albrecht Durer - c.1493 - c.1495

Artwork Information

TitleCoat of arms with open man behind
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Datec.1493 - c.1495
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

About Coat of arms with open man behind

The artwork titled “Coat of arms with open man behind” by Albrecht Dürer, dated around 1493–1495, falls within the Northern Renaissance art movement. Created using pen, this piece of design genre is part of the collection at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

In the artwork, we observe a meticulously crafted coat of arms that is highly detailed and features ornate, curvilinear elements characteristic of the Northern Renaissance. At the center of the composition, there is a heraldic shield that appears to be hanging or mounted on a wall adorned with floral arrangements and acanthus-like motifs. A large, menacing bird, possibly an eagle, is perched above the shield, drawing attention with its widely spread wings. Behind the shield, there appears to be a figure of a man, partly obscured, with only portions of his body visible, creating a sense of depth and intrigue. He seems to be part of the narrative presented in the armorial design. The penmanship and the fine lines demonstrate Dürer’s extraordinary skill and precision, with a strong focus on naturalistic details and textures, such as the bird’s feathers and the lush foliage. The monogram of Albrecht Dürer is visible at the bottom right of the image, which is a testament to his authorship of this complex and detailed work.

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