Portrait of an architect (1506) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of an architect - Albrecht Durer - 1506

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of an architect
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKupferstichkabinett Berlin, Berlin, Germany

About Portrait of an architect

“Portrait of an Architect” is a notable artwork by Albrecht Dürer, dating back to 1506. Dürer, a master of the Northern Renaissance, infused his works with a high level of detail and realism. This specific portrait belongs to the genre of portraiture and is housed in the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin in Germany. As a key example of the Northern Renaissance art movement, it reflects the period’s focus on intricate detail and individualism.

The artwork presents a bust portrait of a man, presumably an architect, as indicated by the title. The figured individual is captured in a profile view, turning his gaze towards the viewer. His facial features are rendered with exceptional fineness, showcasing Dürer’s skill in capturing human character and emotion. The man’s hair is mid-length, with strands lightly flowing into his face, and his expression is contemplative. He is dressed in a pleated garment, common attire of the time, which Dürer has meticulously shaded to convey a sense of volume and texture. Noteworthy is the presence of the year “1506” and Dürer’s monogram displayed prominently near the man’s gripping hand, which adds further authenticity to the piece. The artwork itself, executed with what appears to be charcoal or a similar medium on a paper of a blue-gray tint, is a striking testament to the artist’s mastery of his craft and the high value placed on portraiture during the Renaissance.

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