Philip (1526) by Albrecht Durer

Philip - Albrecht Durer - 1526

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ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Philip

“Philip” is a piece by Albrecht Dürer, a renowned artist of the Northern Renaissance period. Dated 1526, this artwork is part of the religious painting genre. It reflects the detailed and precise style typical of Dürer’s works and the Northern Renaissance’s focus on realism and individual detail.

The artwork presents a figure that appears to be a saint or apostle, given the religious painting classification and the time period during which it was created. The character is seen from behind, standing in a landscape. He holds a cruciform staff, suggesting his religious or spiritual authority. The figure is cloaked in a draped garment that exhibits delicate shading and intricate folds, demonstrating Dürer’s skill with fine details. In the lower left-hand corner, Dürer’s monogram and the date of the piece are visible on what looks to be a small, detached piece of paper.

The rendering of textures in this piece, such as the cloak, the hair, and the rough ground beneath the figure’s bare feet, illustrates Dürer’s mastery of the engraving technique, as he captures light, shadow, and form with remarkable precision. The saint’s posture and the way he grips his staff indicate a sense of contemplation or resolve. This piece, while simple in composition, is rich with the intricate detail and craftsmanship characteristic of Dürer’s work and of the Northern Renaissance artistic movement as a whole.

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