Rustic Couple (1497) by Albrecht Durer

Rustic Couple - Albrecht Durer - 1497

Artwork Information

TitleRustic Couple
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Rustic Couple

The artwork titled “Rustic Couple” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1497, is an engraving belonging to the Northern Renaissance and classified as a genre painting. It is not currently on public display, as it is part of a private collection.

The image depicts two figures wearing period-appropriate clothing with expressive gestures and facial expressions. The man, on the left, has his mouth open as if speaking or exclaiming, and his right arm extended upwards. He appears animated and possibly agitated. The woman, on the right, is facing the man, with her head turned slightly toward him, and seems to have a calm or subdued demeanor in comparison. Both the man and woman have detailed, elaborate hairstyles and clothing that suggest they are of a common, perhaps rural, standing from the late 15th century.

The intricate engraving showcases Dürer’s skill in creating highly detailed images with deep contrasts through the use of fine lines and cross-hatching. The artwork captures a moment in time, providing insight into the interactions and fashion of the era. The small stool in the foreground and the tufts of grass hint at an outdoor or rural setting, which aligns with the ‘Rustic’ title of the piece. Dürer’s monogram, “AD,” can be seen on the lower right-hand side of the engraving, confirming the artist’s identity.

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