Resurrection (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Resurrection - Albrecht Durer - 1512

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ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Resurrection

“Resurrection” is an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, completed in 1512 as part of his exploration of religious themes during the Northern Renaissance. Dürer was a master of engraving, a printmaking technique that allowed for exceptional detail and delicate lines, which is evident in this piece. As a notable figure of the Northern Renaissance, his work is characterized by its technical skill and rich symbolism. This engraving is believed to be held in a private collection.

The artwork depicts the moment of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, with Christ rising triumphantly from the tomb. He is central in the composition, with a radiant halo of light surrounding his head, signifying his divinity. Christ is holding a victory banner and stepping over the edges of his tomb. Below him, the Roman soldiers who were guarding the tomb are depicted in various poses of sleep and astonishment. Their detailed armor and the expressions of surprise and fear contrast with the serene and powerful figure of Christ. The scene is a dramatic representation of this pivotal Christian event, demonstrating Dürer’s skill in conveying narrative and emotion through his precise and expressive lines. The piece is also a reflection of the Northern Renaissance’s emphasis on religious subjects, rendered with a newfound realism and depth of feeling.

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