Joachim and the Angel from the ‘Life of the Virgin’ (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Joachim and the Angel from the 'Life of the Virgin' - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleJoachim and the Angel from the 'Life of the Virgin'
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Joachim and the Angel from the 'Life of the Virgin'

The artwork “Joachim and the Angel from the ‘Life of the Virgin'” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1511 during the Northern Renaissance. It is a religious painting categorized as part of this art movement and is held at the Albertina in Vienna, Austria.

The woodcut depicts a rich, narrative scene set in a wooded environment. An angel with large, detailed wings is seen in the upper left corner, descending with a flowing robe while holding what appears to be a scroll or message. Below the angel, Joachim, identifiable by his prayerful pose and humble appearance, receives his divine visitation. He is on his knees with his hands clasped in a gesture of piety or supplication.

In the lower right corner, the scene continues with a group of figures. Among them, a man armed with a staff seems to be leading a procession, while another man beside him blows a horn, a common heraldic device of the time. Their attire suggests a setting in the distant past, in line with Biblical times. The surrounding landscape features intricately detailed trees and a glimpse of a distant mountainous landscape, with buildings hinting at civilization in the far background.

The level of detail in the woodcut speaks to Dürer’s mastery of the medium, with fine lines creating texture and depth, giving a sense of life to the figures and the setting. This is characteristic of Dürer’s work and the Northern Renaissance’s emphasis on detailed, intricate artistry in religious storytelling.

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