Head of Mary by Albrecht Durer

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Artwork Information

TitleHead of Mary
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Head of Mary

The artwork “Head of Mary” by Albrecht Dürer is an example of religious painting from the Northern Renaissance period. Albrecht Dürer, a master of the Northern Renaissance, crafted this piece, which exemplifies the fine attention to detail and devotion to naturalism characteristic of the era’s religious artworks.

The image depicts the head of Mary, also known as the Madonna, in a delicate, somewhat ethereal manner. Mary’s visage is framed by a soft headdress or veil, which falls gently around her head, signifying her purity and traditional iconography. Her eyes are gently closed, suggesting a moment of contemplation, prayer, or perhaps sorrow. The line work is precise and formal, yet imbued with a tenderness that reveals the artist’s mastery of portraying human emotion. There’s a notable softness in her expression, and the use of light and shadow gives her features a gentle, three-dimensional quality. The artwork’s religious significance is emphasized not only by its subject matter but also by Dürer’s respectful and reverential treatment of Mary’s image.

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