Male and Female Nudes (1515) by Albrecht Durer

Male and Female Nudes - Albrecht Durer - 1515

Artwork Information

TitleMale and Female Nudes
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationStadel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

About Male and Female Nudes

The artwork “Male and Female Nudes” by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1515, is a nude painting executed using pen and ink, which was a common medium during the Northern Renaissance period. This piece is part of the collection housed at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The genre of the artwork is a study of nudes, displaying the human form with a focus on anatomical accuracy.

In this pen and ink drawing by Albrecht Dürer, a collection of male and female figures are illustrated in various poses, clustering around a centrally positioned tree. The expressive linework demonstrates Dürer’s mastery of form and his attention to the details of human anatomy. The men and women are depicted with a high level of detail, illustrating muscle tone and the play of light and shadow on their bodies, characteristic of the Northern Renaissance’s fascination with naturalism and the human form. Some figures interact with the tree or each other, while others stand alone. The different poses suggest movement and offer a study of the body from various angles. The image shows Dürer’s commitment to portraying the naked human body with a realism that was innovative for the time period.

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