Portrait of Hans Pfaffrot of Gdansk by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Hans Pfaffrot of Gdansk - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Hans Pfaffrot of Gdansk
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Portrait of Hans Pfaffrot of Gdansk

“Portrait of Hans Pfaffrot of Gdansk” is a work of art by Albrecht Dürer, a prominent Northern Renaissance artist. This specific portrait is characterized by the Northern Renaissance’s detailed and precise style, reflecting Dürer’s expertise in portraiture, where he was able to capture the essence and individuality of his subjects.

The artwork itself is a detailed, monochromatic portrait, predominantly done in ink, showcasing the subject’s profile. The man featured in the portrait is dressed in garments indicative of the period, revealing the fashion of the era. He wears a large, floppy beret-style hat and is adorned in a patterned, collared garment, with a high neck and some sort of frilled or ruffled attachment at the throat, indicative of the upper-class attire of the time.

The detail in the artwork is meticulous, with fine lines used to depict the man’s facial features, hair, and the textures of his clothing. The portrait exudes a sense of dignity and poise, common in the portraiture of the era. Albrecht Dürer’s skill is evident in the realistic portrayal and the careful attention to the minutest details such as the delicate rendering of the subject’s beard and the fabric’s texture. The inclusion of text in the upper right, likely a reference to the sitter’s name and possibly the date of the portrait, adds context and a personal touch to the work.

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