Portrait of Caspar tower and a river landscape (1520) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Caspar tower and a river landscape - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Caspar tower and a river landscape
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMusee Conde, Chantilly, France

About Portrait of Caspar tower and a river landscape

The artwork “Portrait of Caspar tower and a river landscape” is a creation by Albrecht Dürer, a master artist from the Northern Renaissance movement. Dated to 1520, this piece is crafted using metalpoint on paper, which showcases Dürer’s intricate skill in rendering fine details and textures. The piece belongs to the portrait genre and is part of the collection at the Musée Condé in Chantilly, France.

The artwork itself displays the bust of a man, identified as Caspar tower, sharply etched in the foreground. He is depicted with a somber expression, his eyes gazing directly at the viewer. The man wears a distinctive headpiece, and details of his garments are meticulously drafted, reflecting the fashion of the time and giving insight into his social standing. On the right side of the page, there’s a delicately drawn landscape featuring a river, with buildings and a boat, signifying a serene background, possibly hinting at the subject’s place of origin or significance to the individual. The juxtaposition of the figure and the landscape evoke a narrative, typical of Dürer’s work, that combines personal identity with broader contextual elements. The artwork stands as a testament to Dürer’s ability to capture both the human form and environmental detail with great delicacy and precision.

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