St. Christopher (1521) by Albrecht Durer

St. Christopher - Albrecht Durer - 1521

Artwork Information

TitleSt. Christopher
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About St. Christopher

The artwork “St. Christopher” by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1521, is part of the Northern Renaissance art movement. This religious painting is currently held at the British Museum in London, UK. It depicts the saint renowned for carrying the Christ child across a river.

The image shows St. Christopher bent forward, bearing the weight of the child Jesus on his shoulders. The child holds a globe in His hands, symbolizing His dominion over the world, and a restrained, protective gesture indicating His care for humanity. St. Christopher wades through the water, indicated by the ripples around his feet, with the saint appearing to be in mid-stride, showcasing both strength and determination. The composition highlights Dürer’s masterful handling of detail, texture, and the interplay of light and shadow to create a sense of depth and volume. The expressive faces of both figures suggest a serene concentration, thus imbuing the scene with a sense of solemnity and spiritual gravity.

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