Hand (1528) by Albrecht Durer

Hand - Albrecht Durer - 1528

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Hand

The artwork titled “Hand” was created by the artist Albrecht Dürer in 1528. It is a woodcut medium that forms part of the Northern Renaissance art movement. The genre of this piece is sketch and study, and it is included in Dürer’s series “Four Books of Human Proportion.” The current location of the original artwork is within a private collection.

The image depicts a detailed study of a human left hand, shown with open palm facing up. To the right of the hand, the study includes a closer look at the fingers, each of which is labeled with letters, possibly to refer to specific proportions or aspects of human anatomy that Dürer was examining. Next to the fingers, there is a complex grid that seems to correspond to a system of measurement, indicating that Dürer was deeply engaged in understanding and conveying the exact proportions of the human hand. Various numerical annotations can be observed beside different parts of the hand and fingers, elucidating the precise relationships between each element. It’s a testament to Dürer’s meticulous approach to the study of human proportions and his pioneering work in the field of human anatomy within the context of artistic representation during the Renaissance period.

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