Soldiers (1489) by Albrecht Durer

Soldiers - Albrecht Durer - 1489

Artwork Information

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

About Soldiers

The artwork “Soldiers” by Albrecht Dürer, dating from 1489, can be classified within the Northern Renaissance art movement and is considered a genre painting. It is presently housed in the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, in Berlin, Germany.

In this image, three soldiers are depicted engaging in what appears to be a discussion or deliberation. The soldier in the center is gesturing upward with his index finger, possibly giving directions, instructions, or emphasizing a point during a conversation. All three figures are dressed in attire typical of the military fashion of the late 15th century, with details such as puffed sleeves, armor elements, and feathered hats. Each soldier carries a different pole weapon, emphasizing their readiness for battle or patrol duties. The style of the drawing, with careful attention to detail and nuanced shading, is a testament to Dürer’s skill in capturing human expression and the textures of various materials. The sketch has a sense of immediacy and vigor, which is characteristic of Dürer’s studies of life and people from his time.

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