Jabach Altarpiece Piper and Drummer (1503 – 1504) by Albrecht Durer

Jabach Altarpiece Piper and Drummer - Albrecht Durer - 1503 - 1504

Artwork Information

TitleJabach Altarpiece Piper and Drummer
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1503 - 1504
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationWallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany

About Jabach Altarpiece Piper and Drummer

The artwork “Jabach Altarpiece Piper and Drummer” by Albrecht Dürer dates to 1503 – 1504 and is an oil on panel piece belonging to the Northern Renaissance art movement. It falls under the religious painting genre and is currently located at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, Germany. This work features religious figures and iconography, characteristic of Dürer’s detailed style and the Northern Renaissance’s focus on symbolic and intricate artwork.

In the artwork, we see a diptych with each panel portraying two figures grouped together against a golden, ornately decorated background that features a repeating circular motif. The figures on the left panel appear to be having a discussion or exchange, one holding an object that could be interpreted as a musical instrument, contributing to the believed title relating to a piper and a drummer. The figures are dressed in period-appropriate garments, with flowing robes in rich colors. Their faces exhibit a refined realism that is typical of Dürer’s careful attention to detail.

The right panel shows two more figures, one of whom is garbed in what seems to be ecclesiastical robes and wears a bishop’s mitre, while holding a crozier, indicating his high church rank. The other figure in red also has a long beard and holds a book, which might suggest a role as a scholar or a prophet. Both panels carry a solemn and reflective mood, fitting for the religious themes they are likely meant to convey.

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