Holy Family (1509) by Albrecht Durer

Holy Family - Albrecht Durer - 1509

Artwork Information

TitleHoly Family
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

About Holy Family

The “Holy Family” is a religious painting by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1509 during the Northern Renaissance. This artwork is executed in oil on panel and is currently housed at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The painting depicts the biblical figures of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and the Christ child – a typical representation of a Christian Holy Family.

In the picture we see three figures, presumably Joseph on the left with a beard, looking towards the viewer with a solemn expression. Mary is in the center and seems to be looking down towards the Christ child with an affectionate and gentle expression. She is depicted with a veil over her head, which is customary for portrayals of Mary from this period. The Christ child is turned slightly towards Mary, suggesting intimacy and connection within the family. The colors are muted and earthy, which is often characteristic of Dürer’s work and the Northern Renaissance style. The attention to detail and the emotional depth captured in the expressions of the figures reflect the technical skill and the artistic innovations of the time.

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