Naked man with mirror (c.1512) by Albrecht Durer

Naked man with mirror - Albrecht Durer - c.1512

Artwork Information

TitleNaked man with mirror
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Naked man with mirror

Albrecht Dürer’s “Naked Man with Mirror,” created around 1512 during the Northern Renaissance, is a sketch and study that demonstrates the artist’s interest in human anatomy. Captured in the drawn lines is a detailed study of a naked man seen in an angled pose, holding a mirror.

This artwork features a robust male figure depicted with a sense of weight and volume that is characteristic of Dürer’s skilled hand. The lines are used to contour the body, creating a sense of depth and three-dimensionality. The subject is holding a mirror which reflects part of his body, an element that adds an intriguing layer to the sketch, possibly suggesting a study of perspective or self-examination. The face of the man is detailed, displaying individual features and a determined expression. Overall, the drawing showcases the artist’s mastery of human form and contributes to our understanding of Renaissance studies of anatomy and proportion.

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