Seated Woman (1514) by Albrecht Durer

Seated Woman - Albrecht Durer - 1514

Artwork Information

TitleSeated Woman
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKupferstichkabinett Berlin, Berlin, Germany

About Seated Woman

The artwork titled “Seated Woman” is a piece by the notable artist Albrecht Dürer, created in the year 1514. It is a portrait done with pen and ink, exemplifying the Northern Renaissance art movement. The “Seated Woman” is part of the collection at Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, which is located in Berlin, Germany.

This pen and ink drawing portrays a woman seated, presumably on a wooden bench or a similar structure. She appears middle-aged with her hair pulled back and covered, dressed in period clothing that includes a long dress with a tight waistband and sleeves that puff at the shoulders before tightening down the arm. Her attire suggests a level of modesty and practicality, consistent with styles from the early 16th century.

The woman’s facial expression is neutral, perhaps hinting at a sense of contemplation or calm composure. She holds a small flower or sprig delicately between her thumb and fingers, which could symbolize a number of themes from the fragility of life to a simple decorative element in the artwork. The drawing shows Dürer’s skilled hand, with fine details in the folds of her garments and the texture of the fabric brought out by the pen strokes. Despite the absence of color, the illustration conveys a rich sense of depth and realism typical of Dürer’s mastery and the distinctive attention to detail characteristic of the Northern Renaissance.

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