Feet of an apostle by Albrecht Durer

Feet of an apostle - Albrecht Durer -

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TitleFeet of an apostle
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Feet of an apostle

Albrecht Dürer, a pivotal figure of the Northern Renaissance, crafted “Feet of an Apostle” as a sketch and study, with this particular piece being part of the preparatory work for the “Heller Altarpiece”. This artwork epitomizes the artist’s dedication to detail and realism, hallmarks of the Northern Renaissance period.

The drawing depicts the feet of an apostle, shown from a slightly elevated perspective. The meticulous hatching and cross-hatching techniques Dürer employed are evident, allowing him to build gradations in tone that give the feet a three-dimensional appearance. The toes are individually detailed, the toenails discernible, and there are creases and wrinkles on the skin that indicate wear and the effects of age or use, all in line with the Renaissance fascination with human anatomy and realism. The study is both anatomically accurate and expressive, manifesting a combination of scientific interest and artistic mastery in capturing the human form.

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