Deposition (Engraved Passion) (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Deposition (Engraved Passion) - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

TitleDeposition (Engraved Passion)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Deposition (Engraved Passion)

The artwork “Deposition (Engraved Passion)” is an engraving created by the German artist Albrecht Dürer in 1512. This piece is part of the Northern Renaissance art movement and falls under the genre of religious painting, even though it’s an engraved work rather than a traditional paint-on-canvas piece. Currently, the artwork resides in a private collection.

The engraving depicts the biblical scene of the Deposition of Christ, in which the body of Jesus is being taken down from the cross after the Crucifixion. The scene is intricately detailed, showcasing Dürer’s mastery of the engraving medium. There are several figures gathered around the lifeless body of Christ, showing varied expressions of sorrow and distress. The figures are dressed in a mixture of contemporary Renaissance garments and more timeless, biblical attire, demonstrating Dürer’s ability to blend different styles and periods. Emotion is captured in the postures and faces of the figures, and the intricate play of light and shadow enhances the dramatic effect of the somber moment. The attention to detail is characteristic of Dürer’s work, highlighting his skill as one of the most prominent figures of the Northern Renaissance. The environment and the characters are crowded, creating a sense of movement and urgency, while the composition draws the viewer’s attention to the central action of Jesus’ body being carefully handled by the mourners. The engraving is filled with symbolic elements and a high level of craftsmanship that gives a testament to both the era’s artistic techniques and Dürer’s personal style.

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