Crowned Holy Martyr by Albrecht Durer

Crowned Holy Martyr - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

TitleCrowned Holy Martyr
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Crowned Holy Martyr

The artwork titled “Crowned Holy Martyr” by Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure of the Northern Renaissance art movement, is a religious painting that embodies the period’s detailed style and frequent religious themes.

The image is a black and white drawing that features a standing figure, presumably female, with what appears to be a halo radiating from behind her head, indicating her saintly or holy status. The figure is dressed in elaborate garments with a voluminous skirt and sleeves, adorned with ornate patterns and what appears to be jewels or decorative elements. Her attire suggests a status of nobility or religious significance. On her head, she wears a crown, reinforcing her regality or sanctity.

In her left hand, she holds what looks like a palm branch, a common symbol of martyrdom in Christian iconography, signifying that she may have been martyred for her faith. The expression on her face is serene, and she appears to be looking slightly downward. The details in her clothing, such as the folds and textures, are intricately drawn, showing Dürer’s mastery in creating depth and realism even within a monochromatic medium.

The drawing also features Dürer’s distinctive monogram at the bottom, consisting of a large “A” with a smaller “D” inside it, a signature he often included in his works. The overall impression is one of piety, nobility, and quiet strength.

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