Portrait of Christian II, King of Denmark (1521) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Christian II, King of Denmark - Albrecht Durer - 1521

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Christian II, King of Denmark
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Portrait of Christian II, King of Denmark

The artwork “Portrait of Christian II, King of Denmark” was created by Albrecht Dürer, a renowned artist of the Northern Renaissance, in the year 1521. This portrait genre artwork captures the likeness of the Danish monarch and is part of the collection at the British Museum in London, UK.

The image shows a detailed and expressive portrait drawing. The subject, Christian II, is depicted gazing slightly to the right of the viewer, with chest-length hair and a full beard that frames his face. He is wearing a soft hat that conforms to the shape of his head, and the details of his period attire are hinted at but not fully depicted, as the focus is on his facial features and expression. The artwork showcases Dürer’s skill in creating lifelike portraits with fine lines and careful shading to capture texture and depth, characteristics that are consistent with the detailed style of the Northern Renaissance. Notably, Dürer’s monogram and the date of the artwork, “1521”, are inscribed at the top of the drawing, solidifying its historical significance and authenticity.

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