Nude (1493) by Albrecht Durer

Nude - Albrecht Durer - 1493

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMusee Bonnat, Bayonne, France

About Nude

The artwork titled “Nude” was created by Albrecht Dürer in 1493. This piece, done in pen and ink, is categorized as a nude painting (nu) and is a notable work from the Northern Renaissance period. The drawing is housed in the Musee Bonnat in Bayonne, France.

The drawing depicts a standing female figure facing slightly to the left of the viewer but with her head turned to gaze directly at the observer. Her body is rendered with meticulous attention to the detail of her anatomy and the use of contour lines to define her form follows the traditions of the Northern Renaissance. The expression on her face appears serene, with a hint of an enigmatic smile. The woman’s hair is styled in a way that is typical of the period, and she covers her chest modestly with one hand, while the other hand is lightly extended to her side. The strokes of the pen and ink used by Dürer have created a sense of depth and volume, showcasing his mastery of the medium and his understanding of human anatomy. The date “1493” and the artist’s initials “AD” are inscribed on the drawing, confirming its authenticity and history.

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