Peasant Couple Dancing (1514) by Albrecht Durer

Peasant Couple Dancing - Albrecht Durer - 1514

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant Couple Dancing
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Peasant Couple Dancing

The artwork titled “Peasant Couple Dancing” is an engraving created by Albrecht Dürer in 1514. This piece is a quintessential example of the Northern Renaissance art movement and is categorized under the genre painting genre. It depicts a scene of everyday life, capturing the vitality and motion of the dancing couple.

In this piece, Dürer has masterfully captured the lively essence of a peasant couple engaged in a dance. The figures are depicted with dynamic movement and characteristic costumes of the time. The man is shown from behind, with his right arm flung wide and left arm bent, holding the hand of the woman, who is in the foreground. Their clothes are rich in detail, with folds and textures that lend weight and realism to their depiction. The woman’s facial expression is one of focused engagement, with her eyes seemingly following the direction of the dance. The engraving is marked with Dürer’s distinctive monogram and the date, indicating the artist’s proud ownership of his work.

The detail in the composition, from the expressions of the characters to the intricate linework of the engraving, demonstrates the meticulous skill for which Dürer was renowned. The integration of human activity and emotion, grounded in the Northern Renaissance’s attention to detail and realism, captures a moment that transcends time and reflects the cultural context of the period.

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