Sol Justitiae (1499) by Albrecht Durer

Sol Justitiae - Albrecht Durer - 1499

Artwork Information

TitleSol Justitiae
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Sol Justitiae

The artwork “Sol Justitiae,” created by Albrecht Dürer in 1499, is an engraving belonging to the Northern Renaissance art movement and is considered an allegorical painting. It is currently held in a private collection. This piece exemplifies the detailed and precise technique for which Dürer is renowned.

The engraving depicts a robust figure seated upon a lion, adorned with a halo and holding a sword pointing upwards in the right hand while the left hand holds a set of scales. Both the sword and the scales are traditional symbols of justice. The person’s facial expression is intense and their gaze is focused, conveying a sense of judgment or scrutiny. The lion under the figure adds to the sense of power and authority that the artwork conveys. The presence of the halo suggests a divine or sacred aspect to the figure, which is typical of allegorical representations during the Renaissance. The engraving is rich with texture and meticulous detail, showcasing Dürer’s mastery of this medium. The monogram “AD,” which is Albrecht Dürer’s signature mark, is visible near the bottom of the artwork.

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