St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child by Albrecht Durer

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Artwork Information

TitleSt. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child

“St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, a celebrated artist from the Northern Renaissance period. This piece is categorized as a religious painting and, as indicated, is part of a private collection. Originating from a time when religious iconography was a major theme in art, this woodcut captures the traditional narrative of St. Christopher.

Dürer’s artwork portrays the figure of St. Christopher carrying a child, who is traditionally understood to be the Christ Child, across a river. The child is depicted with a nimbus around his head, a common artistic device used to indicate the divine nature of a figure. The expression on St. Christopher’s face is one of concentration and weariness, in line with the legend that the child was incredibly heavy, as he bore the weight of the world. Every intricate detail of the woodcut, from St. Christopher’s muscular physique to the textural elements of his garments and the surrounding environment, showcases Dürer’s mastery of the medium. The artwork reflects the deep religious character and technical skill that typify the Northern Renaissance style.

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