Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Red Hat (1520) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Red Hat - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Bearded Man in a Red Hat
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Red Hat

The artwork titled “Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Red Hat” is attributed to Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement. This oil on canvas portrait dates back to 1520 and showcases Dürer’s skill in rendering human features with great detail and expression. Currently, the painting is part of a private collection, reflecting the era’s burgeoning interest in individualism and the human condition as worthy subjects of art.

The portrait features a mature, bearded man gazing directly at the viewer. His face is heavily lined, indicating age and experience, and his long, flowing beard is predominantly gray, suggesting wisdom. The man’s eyes appear keen and penetrating. A defining feature of the portrait is the vibrant red hat, which adds a sense of depth and contrast to the otherwise muted color palette dominated by the earth tones of the man’s complexion and the dark background. The texture of the skin, the details of the beard, and the folds in the hat exhibit the meticulous attention Dürer paid to realism. The portrait’s intimate and direct engagement with the viewer is a hallmark of Dürer’s ability to capture human character and soul in his work.

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