Portrait of a goldsmith from Mechelen (1520) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of a goldsmith from Mechelen - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a goldsmith from Mechelen
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKupferstichkabinett Berlin, Berlin, Germany

About Portrait of a goldsmith from Mechelen

The artwork “Portrait of a Goldsmith from Mechelen,” created by the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer in 1520, epitomizes the Northern Renaissance art movement. This portrait genre piece currently resides in Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, located in Berlin, Germany. It showcases Dürer’s mastery in capturing the human figure with detailed finesse and his ability to convey individual personality through portraiture.

In this monochromatic drawing, we observe a half-bust portrait of a man, presumably a goldsmith, as mentioned in the title. He is depicted with expressive eyes looking slightly to the side, which provides a sense of thoughtfulness or introspection. The man is wearing a hat with a significant feather, likely signaling his profession or status. His hair is curly and frames his face, giving him an artistic and refined appearance. The drawing is meticulous with delicate lines that suggest the texture of his clothing and the softness of his hair. There’s an aura of genteel craftsmanship about him, emphasizing the value of skilled trades during the Renaissance period. The inscription at the top of the drawing includes the year “1520,” suggesting the time when the work was rendered, along with Dürer’s distinctive monogram. The precise linework and attention to detail bear the hallmark of Dürer’s skill and his critical role in the development of portraiture within the context of the Northern Renaissance.

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