Entombment (1515 – 1516) by Albrecht Durer

Entombment - Albrecht Durer - 1515 - 1516

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1515 - 1516
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Entombment

The artwork titled “Entombment” by Albrecht Dürer, created between 1515 and 1516, belongs to the art movement known as the Northern Renaissance. It is considered a genre painting, which typically depicts scenes of everyday life from the period.

In “Entombment”, the composition captures a solemn and emotional moment. The scene is likely a depiction of the biblical event of Christ’s entombment, although in a genre painting style, the focus is on the human figures and their expressions rather than a religious iconography. The artwork shows several individuals gathered around a recumbent figure, presumed to be the body of Christ, given the traditional context of such scenes. The figures are rendered with fine lines and attention to detail, typical of Dürer’s skilled draftsmanship.

The group of people display a variety of emotions, indicative of their grief and the gravity of the moment. They are dressed in attire that reflects the fashion of the era Dürer lived in rather than biblical times, which is common in the art of the Northern Renaissance, where contemporary clothing and settings were often used for biblical scenes.

The use of shading and detailed line work in the draperies and the figures’ faces creates a sense of depth and texture. There is a careful composition of the grouping, with each character expressing individual reactions to the event. The careful attention to human emotion and the fine execution of the engraving exemplifies Dürer’s mastery as a printmaker and his influence on the art of the Northern Renaissance.

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