Head of a apostle (1509) by Albrecht Durer

Head of a apostle - Albrecht Durer - 1509

Artwork Information

TitleHead of a apostle
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
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About Head of a apostle

The image depicts “Head of an Apostle,” a drawing made by Albrecht Dürer in 1509. It is a study work, showcasing a side profile of an elderly male figure with a long, flowing beard and a balding head. The figure is facing to the left and is shown with deep-set, heavy-lidded eyes, a prominent nose, and a closed mouth that suggests a contemplative or somber expression.

The man is wearing a draped head covering that falls over his ears and down the back of his head, resembling the clothing style of biblical figures, which is typical for an apostle representation. The use of light and shadow in the drawing adds depth and dimension, highlighting the texture of the skin and the softness of the beard and head covering. The background of the drawing is relatively plain, directing the viewer’s focus to the finely detailed features of the apostle’s face. The expression and attire give a sense of wisdom and gravity appropriate to a figure of religious significance.

Albrecht Durer, a master of the German Renaissance born on May 21, 1471, in Nuremberg, Germany, is renowned for his significant contributions to the world of art as a painter, printmaker, and writer. His diverse body of work encompasses altarpieces, religious pieces, numerous portraits, self-portraits, and a vast array of prints.

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