Crowning with Thorns (1504) by Albrecht Durer

Crowning with Thorns - Albrecht Durer - 1504

Artwork Information

TitleCrowning with Thorns
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Crowning with Thorns

“Crowning with Thorns” is a piece created by Albrecht Dürer in 1504, associated with the Northern Renaissance art movement. This artwork falls under the category of a sketch and study and is part of The Green Passion series. Currently, the piece resides in a private collection.

The artwork is intricately detailed and depicts the biblical scene of Jesus Christ’s crowning with thorns, a moment of suffering before the crucifixion. In the composition, Christ is surrounded by figures who are in the act of mocking and torturing Him, placing a crown of thorns on His head. The figures are engaged in a dramatic and cruel act, rendered with strong lines that convey a sense of movement and intensity. Dürer’s mastery of the medium is evident in the precision of the lines and the careful attention to the figures’ expressions and folds in their garments.

The setting appears to be an architectural interior, framed by arches that draw the viewer’s attention towards the central figure of Christ. The use of perspective is notable, creating a sense of three-dimensional space within the sketch. The attention to detail not only in the human figures but also in the architectural elements attests to Dürer’s skill and the characteristics of the Northern Renaissance, with its focus on realism and meticulous depiction of subjects. This sketch serves as a powerful representation of the passion of Christ, reflecting the piety and religious fervor of the period.

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