Crucifixion With Many Figures (1523) by Albrecht Durer

Crucifixion With Many Figures - Albrecht Durer - 1523

Artwork Information

TitleCrucifixion With Many Figures
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Crucifixion With Many Figures

“Crucifixion With Many Figures” is an artwork created by the Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer in 1523. This piece is an engraving that exemplifies the design genre and is part of a private collection. As a prominent figure of the Northern Renaissance, Dürer’s engraving techniques were highly sophisticated for the time, allowing for intricate detail and expressive compositions.

The artwork itself depicts a highly detailed scene of the Crucifixion, a common subject in Christian art, symbolizing the execution of Jesus Christ by crucifixion. Central in the composition is the figure of Jesus on the cross, with his body rendered with careful attention to anatomy and expression, exuding a sense of suffering and resignation. Above his head, the letters “INRI” are inscribed, which stand for the Latin “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum” (“Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”).

Surrounding Jesus are numerous figures, each depicted with individual characteristics and expressions, contributing to a lively and crowded scene that captures the emotion and gravity of the moment. The gathering includes a mix of Biblical characters, soldiers, and onlookers, some of whom are expressing grief, while others appear indifferent.

The background is intricately detailed, showing a stylized cityscape that enhances the depth of the scene, with buildings and possibly even a glimpse of a distant landscape. Above, angels hover in the sky, their faces reflecting sorrow.

Overall, the engraving is a testament to Dürer’s mastery of composition, detail, and his capability to convey complex human emotions and divine themes through the medium of print.

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