Male Nude (Adam) (c.1506) by Albrecht Durer

Male Nude (Adam) - Albrecht Durer - c.1506

Artwork Information

TitleMale Nude (Adam)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Male Nude (Adam)

Albrecht Dürer’s “Male Nude (Adam)” is a Northern Renaissance sketch and study dating back to around 1506. This work is part of the collection at the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria. The piece reflects the Northern Renaissance focus on detailed observation and a profound interest in human anatomy.

The artwork itself is a highly detailed study of the male form, showing a nude male figure in profile view with intricate lines and circles drawn over the body, possibly as a means to study proportions and form. It demonstrates Dürer’s mastery in understanding human anatomy, as well as his skill in capturing the complexity of the human figure in a two-dimensional medium. The figure appears to be standing in a contrapposto pose, a stance commonly used in classical art, where the weight is on one leg, giving the body an S-shaped curve. This reflects the Renaissance’s revival of interest in the art of antiquity. Dürer’s precision in line work and his attempt to create a system of proportions are evident in the geometric shapes and measurements scattered across the figure’s body, suggesting the artist’s efforts to understand and replicate the ideal human form through mathematical principles.

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