St.Christopher carrying the Infant Christ (1511) by Albrecht Durer

St.Christopher carrying the Infant Christ - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleSt.Christopher carrying the Infant Christ
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About St.Christopher carrying the Infant Christ

Albrecht Dürer’s “St. Christopher Carrying the Infant Christ” is a woodcut dated 1511, embodying the Northern Renaissance style. This religious artwork is part of the collection of the British Museum in London, UK. The woodcut showcases St. Christopher, depicted as a robust figure mid-stride, carrying the young Jesus across a body of water, an act central to the saint’s narrative and indicative of his role as a patron saint of travelers.

In the artwork, the sheer size and strength of St. Christopher are evident as he supports the weight of the child on his shoulder. The Infant Christ is portrayed with a halo, emphasizing his divine nature, and holds a sphere, which is symbolic of the world. Given the era’s lack of sophisticated print technology, the fine lines and intricate details of the natural landscape, characters’ garments, and facial expressions demonstrate Dürer’s skill and the artistry typical of the Northern Renaissance period. The year “1511” is prominently inscribed at the top, marking the creation date. The surrounding environment is richly detailed, including trees, plants, and other figures witnessing the scene, which contributes to the pictorial narrative and augments the woodcut’s sense of depth and texture.

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