Portrait of Jakob Fugger (c.1519) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Jakob Fugger - Albrecht Durer - c.1519

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TitlePortrait of Jakob Fugger
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Dimensions53 x 69 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBavarian State Painting Collections, Munich, Germany, Schaezlerpalais, Augsburg, Germany

About Portrait of Jakob Fugger

The “Portrait of Jakob Fugger” is a painting by Albrecht Dürer created around 1519. The medium used is oil on canvas, and the piece is a fine example of the Northern Renaissance movement. It measures approximately 53 by 69 centimeters and is classified as a portrait. The artwork is part of the collection of the Bavarian State Painting Collections and is located in Munich, Germany, with a specific presence at the Schaezlerpalais in Augsburg, Germany.

Describing the artwork, it depicts Jakob Fugger, a notable figure from the Fugger merchant family, known for their extensive wealth and impact on commerce during the Renaissance period. The portrait shows Fugger in a three-quarter view facing to the right of the canvas, providing a sense of depth and volume. His expression is serious and contemplative, with sharp, focused eyes that engage the viewer. He wears a brownish-black cloak over a simple white shirt, and on his head is a brown cap matching the tones of his attire. The background of the painting is a simple, unobtrusive blue, which serves to emphasize the figure. The control of light and careful attention to detail by Dürer creates a lifelike representation of Fugger’s character and stature.

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