Man of Sorrow (1522) by Albrecht Durer

Man of Sorrow - Albrecht Durer - 1522

Artwork Information

TitleMan of Sorrow
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany

About Man of Sorrow

The artwork titled “Man of Sorrow,” created by Albrecht Dürer in 1522, belongs to the Northern Renaissance movement. This portrait is housed in the Kunsthalle Bremen, located in Bremen, Germany. The genre of the artwork is a portrait, which is known for its detailed and introspective representation of the human figure during the Northern Renaissance period.

Describing the artwork, we see a man who is shirtless, with visible signs of suffering or weariness. His hair is moderately long, wavy, and blows slightly to the right in the drawing, suggesting a gentle motion or breeze. The man’s gaze is intense, and his facial expression conveys pain or deep contemplation. The presence of a rod or a staff can be seen in the foreground, which is held by his bound hands, hinting at a symbolic significance or possibly linking the figure to a religious or historical narrative. The raw emotion captured in the drawing, combined with the fine, intricate lines that define the figure, exemplify Dürer’s skill in creating evocative and thought-provoking imagery.

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