Studies on a great “picture of Mary” head with curly hair (angel) by Albrecht Durer

Studies on a great

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TitleStudies on a great "picture of Mary" head with curly hair (angel)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Studies on a great "picture of Mary" head with curly hair (angel)

This artwork titled “Studies on a great ‘picture of Mary’ head with curly hair (angel)” is a sketch by Albrecht Dürer, a master of the Northern Renaissance, known for his detailed and precise works. The sketch is part of a series related to Dürer’s studies for a “Picture of Mary” and falls into the genre of study and sketch. It dates back to the early 16th century, showcasing Dürer’s meticulous approach to capturing human features and expressions.

The sketch itself is a finely detailed study of a male head in profile view, looking to the right. The individual features curly hair with each ringlet carefully delineated to convey volume and texture. Dürer’s use of shading and contour lines demonstrates his skill in rendering the form of the face and the play of light across the skin. The attention to detail is evident in the careful depiction of the eye, nose, and lips, capturing not just the anatomy but also a hint of an emotive expression. The artistry of the work lies in the almost tangible representation of the hair and skin, achieved through masterful line work and shading techniques. The year 1521 and Dürer’s monogram are visible in the upper right corner, indicating when and by whom this study was created.

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