St. Paul (c.1514) by Albrecht Durer

St. Paul - Albrecht Durer - c.1514

Artwork Information

TitleSt. Paul
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKupferstichkabinett Dresden, Dresden, Germany

About St. Paul

The artwork “St. Paul” by Albrecht Dürer, dating from around 1514, is a fine example of the Northern Renaissance art movement. The religious painting is part of the collection at the Kupferstichkabinett Dresden in Dresden, Germany. This particular piece reflects the religious themes and attention to detail that were characteristic of the period.

This intricate black and white drawing presents St. Paul, a pivotal figure in early Christianity, often identified as one of the apostles. He is depicted standing, with his beard and hair showing signs of age, suggesting wisdom and experience. The apostle holds a large, bound book, likely a representation of his epistles or the Bible, which acknowledges his role in spreading the Christian doctrine through his letters. His gaze appears contemplative, introspective—perhaps indicative of his missionary zeal. Paul’s clothing is rendered with fine lines and folds, showcasing Dürer’s skill in creating texture and depth with simple but precise strokes. At the bottom right of the drawing, we see Dürer’s hallmark monogram, “AD,” confirming his authorship of this meticulous work. The level of detail in the drapery of his robes and the facial expression are particularly notable, as is the mastery of the medium shown through the variability of the line work.

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