Portrait of a Cleric (1516) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of a Cleric - Albrecht Durer - 1516

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Cleric
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Portrait of a Cleric

The artwork in question is “Portrait of a Cleric” by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1516. This portrait is created on canvas and is a product of the Northern Renaissance art movement. As with many works from this era, the genre of the piece is a portrait, focusing on the detailed representation of an individual.

The painting features a male figure assumed to be a cleric due to his attire, which is simple and unadorned, typical of a person of the cloth during the time period. The individual in the portrait has a keen, direct gaze that engages the viewer, and the artist has meticulously captured every detail of his face, from the strands of his hair to the wrinkles and contours of his visage. He wears a black garment, and his head is adorned with a black hat that complements the somber tones of the attire. The figure’s expression is solemn and introspective, suggesting a man of thoughtful disposition.

The work’s background is subdued, allowing the viewer’s attention to remain fixated on the subject. Dürer’s skill in rendering textures and subtle color variations in the skin and clothing is evident. Additionally, there is an inscription at the top right of the painting, indicating the year of creation, and Dürer’s monogram is present, a signature mark of his works. The portrait exemplifies the Northern Renaissance’s focus on realism and detail in its depiction of human subjects.

Other Artwork from Albrecht Durer

More Northern Renaissance Artwork

Scroll to Top