Head of a child (1520) by Albrecht Durer

Head of a child - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitleHead of a child
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

About Head of a child

The artwork “Head of a child” by Albrecht Dürer, dating back to 1520, is a portrait that falls within the Northern Renaissance movement. This piece is held at the Kunsthalle Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. The artwork features the delicate representation of a child’s head, capturing the subtle details of infantile features.

Upon reviewing the image provided, the artwork demonstrates Albrecht Dürer’s masterful use of shading and detail to convey texture and depth. The child’s head is tilted, displaying closed eyes, detailed curly hair, and the chubby cheeks typical of infancy. The drawing showcases nuanced light and shadow, emphasizing the roundness of the child’s face and the softness of the curls. The child appears to be in a peaceful state, possibly asleep, and Dürer’s skilled hand has immortalized this serene moment with striking attention to detail.

In addition, one can notice Dürer’s monogram and the date inscribed in the upper right corner of the artwork, a common practice of the artist to sign his works. This monogram, combining the letters A and D, is iconic and easily recognizable as Albrecht Dürer’s signature mark. The monochrome medium, likely charcoal or a similar substance, restricts the representation to form and tone, avoiding the distraction of color and instead focusing the viewer’s attention on the play of light across the child’s facial features.

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