Oriental Family (1496) by Albrecht Durer

Oriental Family - Albrecht Durer - 1496

Artwork Information

TitleOriental Family
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Oriental Family

The artwork “Oriental Family” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1496, is an engraving belonging to the Northern Renaissance movement. This portrait genre piece is part of a private collection. The engraving depicts a man and a woman with an exotic appearance, reflecting the European fascination with the Orient during the time of its creation.

The man is dressed in clothing that suggests an Eastern origin, with a large turban on his head and a long cloak draped over his figure. In his hands, he carries several mysterious objects which are not immediately identifiable, adding a sense of enigma to the character. The woman beside him also wears attire that seems foreign to the European audience of that time. She carries an infant in her arms, suggesting that they are a family. The details of their garments and accessories are meticulously rendered, showcasing Dürer’s skill with the engraving medium. The expressions on their faces are somber and introspective, which is typical of portrait art from the Northern Renaissance period. The precise lines and attention to detail are reflective of Dürer’s renowned style and his interest in depicting subjects with realism and character depth. The monogram “AD” can be seen in the image, which is the artist’s signature mark. The overall composition summons an aura of dignified poise and detailed artistic craftsmanship characteristic of Dürer’s works.

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