Erasmo De Rotterdam (1520) by Albrecht Durer

Erasmo De Rotterdam - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitleErasmo De Rotterdam
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Erasmo De Rotterdam

The artwork titled “Erasmo De Rotterdam” is a portrait created by the artist Albrecht Dürer in 1520. This piece is associated with the Northern Renaissance art movement, a period characterized by a focus on detail, realism, and individualism. The genre of this artwork is a portrait, which was a common genre during the Renaissance, emphasizing the depiction of individuals with lifelike accuracy and detail.

The artwork itself is a drawing that features a bust-length portrait of a man, presumably Erasmus of Rotterdam, the renowned Dutch Renaissance humanist, theologian, and scholar. The figure is shown looking slightly to his right with a gentle expression. He is wearing a large, soft hat that slumps forward, shading his forehead. His clothing appears to be layered; a coat or cloak with folds is draped over what seems to be a shirt with a rounded neckline. The rendering of this portrait is delicate and detailed, with fine lines used to give shape and form to the subject’s facial features, headwear, and attire. The attention to detail is evident in the depiction of textures, as seen in the furrowed brow, the contours of the face, and the folds of the clothing. Albrecht Dürer’s skill in portraiture is reflected in this sensitive and detailed drawing, which conveys a strong sense of the character and intelligence of the subject.

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