Portrait Of A Girl (1515) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait Of A Girl - Albrecht Durer - 1515

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait Of A Girl
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1515
Mediumcharcoal,paper
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKupferstichkabinett Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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About Portrait Of A Girl

“Portrait of a Girl” is an artwork by Albrecht Dürer, dating back to 1515. Dürer, a key figure of the Northern Renaissance, was renowned for his high-quality woodcut prints and contributions to the understanding of human proportions, perspective, and fortification theory. The Northern Renaissance is noted for its detailed realism and emphasis on precision in art, as well as the incorporation of early Netherlandish painting techniques into the larger European scene.

The artwork is a detailed drawing that displays a young girl in profile. It captures the delicate features of her face, the softness of her skin, and the intricate details of her attire with a remarkable sense of depth and realism. The girl’s hair is neatly pulled back, some of it braided, and a headband contains her hair, while her clothes are depicted with meticulous attention to the folds and fastenings. Dürer’s masterful linework provides a textural contrast between the girl’s smooth skin and the fabric of her clothing, with shading techniques that give a three-dimensional quality to the drawing. This portrait exemplifies the Northern Renaissance’s characteristic attentiveness to detail and the elevated status of individual portraiture during this period.

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