Portrait of Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg (1523) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg - Albrecht Durer - 1523

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About Portrait of Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg

The artwork titled “Portrait of Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg” is a creation of the esteemed artist Albrecht Dürer, dated to the year 1523. As a seminal figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement, Dürer has imbued this portrait with the characteristic attention to detail of that era. The portrait depicts the Cardinal in an astute and personal portrayal, and it is part of the genre of portraiture that seeks to capture the likeness and essence of a person. This notable piece of artwork is held in the prestigious collection of the Louvre Museum, located in Paris, France.

In the artwork, Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg is rendered with incisive lines and shading that demonstrate Dürer’s mastery of the medium. The Cardinal’s visage is presented in profile, creating a sense of depth and contemplation. The subtle details of his facial features suggest a mix of poise and intellect, with his eyes seeming reflective and focused. Dürer has meticulously captured the textures of the Cardinal’s attire, from the soft folds of his clothing to the intricate clasp at his neck. Adorning his head is a simple cap, which complements the unembellished background, allowing the viewer to be fully drawn to the Cardinal’s dignified appearance. This work exemplifies the heightened realism that Northern Renaissance artists strived to achieve in their portrayals of individual subjects.

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