Head of an Angel (1506) by Albrecht Durer

Head of an Angel - Albrecht Durer - 1506

Artwork Information

TitleHead of an Angel
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Head of an Angel

The “Head of an Angel” is a sketch and study by Albrecht Dürer, a masterful artist of the Northern Renaissance, completed in 1506. This artwork belongs to the genre of sketches and studies and reflects the delicate attention to detail characteristic of the Northern Renaissance period. The “Head of an Angel” can be found at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria.

In the artwork, the angel’s head is depicted in profile with a slightly upward gaze, giving it a contemplative or heavenly appearance. The angel’s hair is intricately curled and flows gracefully, revealing Dürer’s skill in rendering texture and form with fine lines and careful shading. The use of light and shadow in the drawing creates a three-dimensional effect, showcasing the angel’s serene features. Dürer’s signature and the year of the artwork’s completion can be seen in the upper left corner of the piece, adding an element of authenticity and historical context.

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