John by Albrecht Durer

John - Albrecht Durer -

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ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About John

The artwork displayed originates from the Northern Renaissance era, created by the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer, titled “John.” This piece forms part of Dürer’s “Study of the ‘Four Apostles'” and is categorized as a “sketch and study.” The genre implies a focus on detail and form, as studies were often preparatory works artists used to refine their skills or plan for larger compositions.

The image depicts a young man with distinctive curly red hair, appearing contemplative or introspective. He is wearing a cloak with a mix of autumnal colors—deep reds and golds—which drapes over his shoulders and cascades down, creating a feeling of warmth against the cooler background tones. The integration of the figure into a landscape setting with a castle and rolling hills in the distance adds depth and suggests a narrative, where the figure seems to be traveling through or reflecting upon the scene behind him. His facial expression is serious and his hands are clasped together, further contributing to the thoughtful and possibly spiritual theme of the painting, which is fitting considering it is part of a series representing apostles. The use of color, texture, and the attention to detail in the garment and hair are indicative of the meticulous work characteristic of Albrecht Dürer and the period’s art.

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