Nude Self-portrait (c.1503 – 1505) by Albrecht Durer

Nude Self-portrait - Albrecht Durer - c.1503 - 1505

Artwork Information

TitleNude Self-portrait
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Datec.1503 - 1505
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Nude Self-portrait

The artwork titled “Nude Self-portrait” is by Albrecht Dürer, a prolific artist of the Northern Renaissance. This drawing dates back to approximately 1503-1505, demonstrating Dürer’s masterful use of pen and ink on paper. As a self-portrait, it showcases the artist’s ability to capture human anatomy with precision and conveys the personal style and introspective nature of his work within the larger context of the Northern Renaissance movement.

In this self-portrait, Dürer has depicted himself in the nude, with meticulous attention to the muscular details and shading of the body. The figure is positioned in a slight twist, turning towards the viewer with an intense and direct gaze. The use of light and dark contrasts emphasizes the contours and texture of the skin. Dürer’s command of anatomical structure is evident as he presents a realistic portrayal of the human form with defined muscles and a palpable sense of weight and volume. The background of the piece is stark and unadorned, allowing the figure to dominate the composition and engage the viewer in a direct and intimate manner.

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