Flagellation (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Flagellation - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

TitleFlagellation
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1512
Mediumengraving
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Flagellation

“Flagellation” is an engraving by the renowned German artist Albrecht Dürer, completed in 1512. Known for his detailed and precise engravings, Dürer was a significant figure during the Northern Renaissance—a period noted for its emphasis on detail and the blending of Gothic and classical influences. This piece is believed to be part of a private collection.

The artwork depicts the biblical event of the Flagellation of Christ, a subject commonly represented in Christian art of the period. It shows Christ bound to a column, being whipped by his captors, a scene that reflects the physical suffering he endured prior to the crucifixion. The executioners are rendered with vigorous movement and muscularity, displaying Dürer’s skill in human anatomy and his ability to convey intense human drama. The engraving is rich with textural detail, from the wood of the column to the floor and the folds of the garments, exemplifying Dürer’s mastery of the medium. His work often captures the emotional intensity of religious scenes and this engraving is no exception, highlighting the Northern Renaissance’s intricate approach to narrative art.

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