Left Arm (1521) by Albrecht Durer

Left Arm - Albrecht Durer - 1521

Artwork Information

TitleLeft Arm
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Left Arm

The artwork titled “Left Arm” is a creation by the artist Albrecht Dürer from the year 1521. As a piece of the Northern Renaissance, this ink sketch falls under the genre of study and was part of a series focusing on “St. Jerome.” It currently resides in the Albertina museum located in Vienna, Austria.

Describing the artwork itself, what is immediately visible is the intricate detail with which Dürer has rendered the arm and hand. The sketch displays an extraordinary level of craftsmanship, showcasing Dürer’s mastery of light and shadow as well as his understanding of human anatomy. The drawing prominently features a left arm extended outwards, the muscles and folds of the skin are portrayed with tactile precision. The hand at the end of the arm is relaxed, with fingers gently curled, hinting at a pose of rest or contemplation. Dürer’s exceptional use of line work to depict the texture of the skin and the fabric of the sleeve contributes to the lifelike appearance of the drawing. The attention to the delicate variation in lines demonstrates Dürer’s skill in using ink to convey form and depth, characteristics that are hallmarks of his work and the Northern Renaissance period at large.

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