Lucas van Leyden (1521) by Albrecht Durer

Lucas van Leyden - Albrecht Durer - 1521

Artwork Information

TitleLucas van Leyden
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Lucas van Leyden

This portrait created by Albrecht Dürer in 1521, titled “Lucas van Leyden,” is a striking work from the Northern Renaissance period. Representing the benchmark of artistry during this time, the portrait is executed in chalk and charcoal, emphasizing fine detail and expressive contours. It falls into the genre of portraiture, highlighting the importance of the individual during the Renaissance. The artwork is part of the collection at the British Museum in London, UK.

The artwork presents a detailed and character-rich depiction of a man. His face is the central focus with prominent features, gazing to the side with an expression that is contemplative and serene, suggesting an introspective personality. His headwear is particularly noteworthy; a large, brimmed hat that adds a sense of stature and fashion indicative of the era. The textures within the portrait are carefully worked, from the softness of the skin to the folds of his clothing, with visible care in rendering the tactile qualities of the materials. The draftsmanship shows a masterful control of the medium, with soft gradations of light and shadow to create a three-dimensional effect on the two-dimensional surface. Dürer’s monogram, “AD,” can be seen in the portrait, marking it as his work. Overall, the portrait of Lucas van Leyden is a testament to the skill and artistic vision of Albrecht Dürer.

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