Portrait of Henry Parker, Lord Morley by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Henry Parker, Lord Morley - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Henry Parker, Lord Morley
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Portrait of Henry Parker, Lord Morley

The “Portrait of Henry Parker, Lord Morley” is a work attributed to Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement. This piece is in the genre of a portrait, typical of Dürer’s detailed and character-revealing approach.

In the artwork, the subject, presumed to be Henry Parker, is depicted in a three-quarter pose facing slightly to the viewer’s left. He sports a broad-brimmed hat adorned with what appears to be a badge or emblem, suggesting status or possibly allegiance. His attire is richly detailed, with a fur-lined garment that undeniably conveys a sense of nobility and wealth.

The facial features are finely sketched, indicative of Dürer’s skill in conveying human expression. The subject’s gaze is direct and engaging, creating a connection with the viewer. The chain with large, detailed links wrapped around Lord Morley’s neck adds to the opulence of the attire, while his hands are gently resting, one atop the other, giving him a composed and dignified air.

The artwork is a pencil drawing, exhibiting the artist’s mastery of the medium with precise lines and careful shading to simulate texture and depth. Dürer’s attention to detail is evident in the rendering of the fabric and fur, which are depicted with great care and realism.

In the background, the canvas is left plain, directing all attention to the figure and his regal bearing. The light sketchy nature of the portrait suggests that this could be a preparatory study or a less formal rendering compared to oil portraits.

Below the figure, there is an inscription which, although not entirely legible in this image, typically includes identification of the subject or commentary by the artist, further grounding the work in its historical and personal context.

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