Study of a man with a Drill by Albrecht Durer

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Artwork Information

TitleStudy of a man with a Drill
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMusee Bonnat, Bayonne, France

About Study of a man with a Drill

“Study of a Man with a Drill” is a sketch by Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement. Created using pen and ink on paper, this piece falls under the category of a study or sketchwork. It is currently housed in the Musee Bonnat in Bayonne, France. This artwork is a fine representation of Dürer’s attention to detail and his proficiency in capturing the human form and the action inherent in a task.

In the image, we observe a man bent over, intensely focused on operating a drill. Dürer has skillfully rendered the form of the man with detailed line work, emphasizing the physical exertion involved in the task. There is a sense of movement and effort as the subject’s body strains to apply pressure to the drill, which leads to a series of precise lines and hatching that depict the folds in the subject’s garments and the tension in his muscles. The utilitarian nature of the scene is characteristic of a study, as it serves to capture motion and the interaction between the individual and the device he is handling.

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