St Anthony at the City (1513) by Albrecht Durer

St Anthony at the City - Albrecht Durer - 1513

Artwork Information

TitleSt Anthony at the City
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About St Anthony at the City

“St. Anthony at the City” is an artwork by Albrecht Dürer, a master of the Northern Renaissance, completed in 1513. It falls within the religious painting genre and exemplifies the detailed style and religious themes characteristic of the Northern Renaissance period.

This intricate engraving depicts St. Anthony, a Christian monk and saint, sitting in the foreground. He is depicted in deep contemplation or prayer, seemingly unfazed by the bustling city behind him. His figure is cloaked in a voluminous robe, and he is shown with a bald head and a long, flowing beard, indicative of the ascetic lifestyle he is known for. Behind him, a vast and detailed architectural landscape unfolds, featuring an array of buildings that capture the characteristics of a European city during this time. The city is rendered with meticulous precision, showcasing Dürer’s skills in portraying perspective and architectural elements. To the left, a cross stands atop a pole, further emphasizing the religious context. The print carries Dürer’s distinctive monogram (AD) and the year of its creation, both placed in the lower left-hand corner of the image. The contrast between the quietude of the saint and the complex activity of the city highlights the saint’s spiritual isolation and his dedication to his faith.

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