Standing Apostle (1508) by Albrecht Durer

Standing Apostle - Albrecht Durer - 1508

Artwork Information

TitleStanding Apostle
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKupferstichkabinett Berlin, Berlin, Germany

About Standing Apostle

The artwork titled “Standing Apostle” is a creation of the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer from the year 1508. It represents the Northern Renaissance art movement and is categorized as a sketch and study. This piece is part of the study on the “Heller Altarpiece” and is currently housed at the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin in Germany.

As for the visual description of the artwork, it depicts a life-size male figure seen from behind, gazing upwards. The figure appears to be an apostle, given the title and the traditional iconography associated with depictions of apostles during the Renaissance. He exhibits a long beard and hair reaching down to his neck, conveying an image of wisdom and age. The apostle is dressed in intricately rendered drapery, where the folds of the cloak and garments are meticulously studied and sketched. The detailed line work illustrates Dürer’s mastery in capturing texture, light, and form. The apostle’s right hand is holding onto what seems to be a staff, reinforcing his status and role. The year “1508” is prominently inscribed at the top of the sketch, along with Dürer’s monogram “AD,” confirming the authenticity and date of the work. The artist’s skill in rendering the human form and fabric is vividly showcased in this compelling study, emphasizing his contribution to the art of the Northern Renaissance.

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