Hand of God the Father by Albrecht Durer

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Artwork Information

TitleHand of God the Father
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Hand of God the Father

The artwork “Hand of God the Father” is a sketch and study by the artist Albrecht Dürer, created during the Northern Renaissance. It belongs to the series of studies for the “Heller Altarpiece.” The artwork is characterized by the meticulous detail and technique that Dürer is known for, showcasing the artist’s mastery for capturing the delicate interplay of light and shadow on the human form, even in such a preliminary study.

In the sketch, two hands are portrayed with incredible detail and anatomical precision. The left hand is open, with fingers extended upward as if reaching for something or gesturing, while the right hand gently grasps a sphere. Both hands are drawn with a strong sense of three-dimensionality, highlighted by the careful shading that gives them a lifelike appearance. The year “1508” and Dürer’s monogram are inscribed above the hands, marking the time of creation. The handling of the sphere by the right hand creates a dynamic sense of touch and interaction with an object, which is not always easy to capture in two dimensions. The attention to detail in the depiction of the skin texture and the natural positions of the fingers reflects Dürer’s deep understanding of human anatomy and his skill with the medium.

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