Portrait of Katharina Furlegerin with her Hair Up (Braided) (1497) by Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Katharina Furlegerin with her Hair Up (Braided) - Albrecht Durer - 1497

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Katharina Furlegerin with her Hair Up (Braided)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationGemaldegalerie, Berlin, Germany

About Portrait of Katharina Furlegerin with her Hair Up (Braided)

The artwork titled “Portrait of Katharina Furlegerin with her Hair Up (Braided)” is a creation of the esteemed Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, dated 1497. This portrait is executed in oil on canvas and exemplifies the Northern Renaissance art movement. The piece currently resides in the Gemaldegalerie in Berlin, Germany.

In the portrait, we see a woman who is depicted from the waist up and slightly turned to her right, looking at the viewer with a gentle gaze. Her hair is elaborately braided and coiled atop her head, secured with a delicate braid wrapped around her head like a crown. She wears a red dress with a square neckline, revealing a white undergarment with what appears to be fine embroidery. The sleeves of the dress feature gathered pleating that adds texture to the painting. Her hands are crossed in front of her in a relaxed manner, and one hand gently holds the other, drawing attention to her fingers and emphasizing a sense of quietude.

The artist has applied fine detail to capture the textures of the clothing and the subtleties of her complexion. Behind the woman, there is a landscape visible through the window on the left, suggesting depth and placing the figure within a wider context. The use of shading gives the figure a three-dimensional form, and the balanced composition showcases Dürer’s skill in portraiture. The artwork, while intimate in its presentation, also showcases the artist’s focus on realism and attention to detail that are hallmarks of the Northern Renaissance style.

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