Saint Eustace (c.1501) by Albrecht Durer

Saint Eustace - Albrecht Durer - c.1501

Artwork Information

TitleSaint Eustace
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Saint Eustace

The engraving titled “Saint Eustace” was created by the artist Albrecht Dürer around the year 1501. As a work of art from the Northern Renaissance, this engraving showcases the religious genre. Currently, it is housed in a private collection. The artwork is a detailed and meticulously crafted black and white image that depicts Saint Eustace during his conversion to Christianity.

In the artwork “Saint Eustace,” we observe a scene set in a dense, intricately rendered forest. The central figure is a man who appears to be interacting with a stag; this reflects the legend of Saint Eustace, who saw a vision of the crucifix between a stag’s antlers, leading to his conversion. Saint Eustace, wearing armor and a Renaissance-style hat, kneels in front of the majestic stag, looking towards the animal’s head where the vision would be. The horse of the central figure stands beside him, adorned with elaborate trappings.

Surrounding these two main characters are several hunting dogs in various poses, some resting and others appearing attentive to the scene. The environment is rich with natural and man-made details; foliage fills the scene, and a flowing water source can be seen to the left. In the background, a castle sits atop a rugged hill, suggesting a distant and possibly untouchable realm, perhaps symbolic of the spiritual journey or heaven.

Albrecht Dürer’s signature monogram, “AD,” is visible at the lower center portion of the engraving, indicating his authorship of the piece. The artwork is highly representative of Dürer’s skill in engraving and his capacity to infuse his compositions with intricate detail and multiple layers of symbolism.

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