Melancthon (1526) by Albrecht Durer

Melancthon - Albrecht Durer - 1526

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ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Melancthon

The artwork “Melancthon” by Albrecht Dürer is an engraving dating back to 1526. It was created during the Northern Renaissance, a period known for its attention to detail and interest in realism. Falling under the genre of portraiture, this work captures the likeness of its subject with meticulous craft.

The engraving depicts a profile view of a male figure looking to the right. His facial features are sharply defined, with prominent cheekbones, a strong nose, and a full beard that surrounds his mouth and chin. He has a furrowed brow above deep-set eyes, suggesting a pensiveness or intensity of thought. His hair is wavy and cropped close to his head. The clothing appears detailed, with the folds and textures of his garments rendered delicately, suggesting a fine degree of craftsmanship in the making of both the clothing and the engraving itself.

The image also includes a banner at the bottom with a Latin inscription, which implies praise for the intellectual over the artist, honoring the subject’s mind rather than the craft of the artist’s hand that captured his likeness. The initials ‘AD’, likely standing for Albrecht Dürer, are inscribed within the artwork, marking the creator’s signature on the piece.

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