Ecce Homo (1496 – 1510) by Albrecht Durer

Ecce Homo - Albrecht Durer - 1496 - 1510

Artwork Information

TitleEcce Homo
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1496 - 1510
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Ecce Homo

The artwork titled “Ecce Homo” by Albrecht Dürer is a woodcut created between 1496 and 1510, during the Northern Renaissance. This religious painting is part of “The Large Passion” series and is located at the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria. The medium, woodcut, is a printmaking technique in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood.

The image showcases a detailed and densely packed composition characterized by Dürer’s mastery of the woodcut technique, with various figures set in a dramatic scene. The central figure, presumably Jesus Christ, is being presented to a crowded scene filled with an array of characters, each rendered with attention to their expressions and attire. Pilate can be typically identified on the balcony, gesturing towards Jesus. The crowd is depicted with a depth of detail, and their reaction varies, adding to the narrative tension. The surrounding architecture provides a sense of setting and proportion, while the use of contrasting dark and light areas gives the work an almost three-dimensional effect. The work epitomizes the intricate storytelling and technical skill for which Dürer is renowned.

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