Portrait of Barbara (1490) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Barbara - Albrecht Durer - 1490

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TitlePortrait of Barbara
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Dimensions47 x 35.8 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationGermanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany

About Portrait of Barbara

“Portrait of Barbara” by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1490, is an artwork completed using oil on panel. This piece from the Northern Renaissance measures 47 x 35.8 cm and falls under the genre of portraiture. It belongs to the collection at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany.

The artwork is a diptych, showing a male and female subject in separate panels, but it appears to be a cohesive work. The left panel features a woman dressed in a red gown with white headdress, gazing slightly to her right with a contemplative look. Her hands are gently resting one over the other, and she wears a ring on her finger, which she is lightly touching.

The right panel portrays a man looking toward the viewer with a reserved expression. He wears a dark hat and a brown garment with a fur collar, indicative of the style of the era. His hands are positioned as if he is holding a string of beads or a similar object, suggesting either a symbol of wealth or piety.

Both figures are rendered with the meticulous attention to detail and realism characteristic of the Northern Renaissance. Fine lines depict the textures of their skin, hair, and clothing, and soft shading gives a sense of volume to their features. The subdued color palette and careful use of light and shadow contribute to the solemn and introspective atmosphere of the portraits.

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