Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher (1499) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher - Albrecht Durer - 1499

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Elsbeth Tucher
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationGemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany

About Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher

“Portrait of Elsbeth Tucher” is an artwork by Albrecht Dürer completed in 1499. The painting is executed in oil on panel and is a fine example of the Northern Renaissance style. It is categorized as a portrait and currently resides in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, located in Dresden, Germany.

The artwork depicts Elsbeth Tucher, a woman from a patrician family in Nuremberg. Dürer’s attention to detail is evident in the intricate rendering of Elsbeth’s attire and the fine textures of her clothing and headdress. The headdress itself is quite elaborate, white in color, covering her hair entirely, and stretching broadly around her head, giving her a distinguished appearance. Her garment is dark, richly ornamented with golden embroidery at the neckline and a decorative belt encrusted with jewels. The expression on Elsbeth’s face is composed and introspective, with her gaze directed gently to the side, away from the viewer, which was typical for portraits of this era.

The background offers a contrast between the interior and exterior space. On the left, there is a landscape with lush greenery, rolling hills, and cloudy skies, while on the right, a patterned tapestry in warm tones with a prominent pumpkin-like motif, which frames the figure and provides an elegant and ornate backdrop. This suggests both the sitter’s connection to the natural world and her status within the home. The painting is noted for its rich coloration and the meticulous attention to texture and detail, hallmarks of Dürer’s work and the Northern Renaissance’s focus on realism.

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