Study sheet with six nude figures (1515) by Albrecht Durer

Study sheet with six nude figures - Albrecht Durer - 1515

Artwork Information

TitleStudy sheet with six nude figures
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Study sheet with six nude figures

The artwork titled “Study sheet with six nude figures” was created by Albrecht Dürer in 1515. Dürer, a prominent figure of the Northern Renaissance, was known for his detailed and highly skilled engravings, paintings, and sketches. As a genre, this piece is classified as a sketch and study, which reflects the artist’s exploration of the human form through drawing.

In the sketch, six nude figures are seen in various poses clustered around a central point that appears to be a tree trunk. The figures are drawn with a high level of detail and attention to musculature and anatomy, showcasing Dürer’s understanding of the human body. Each figure is engaged in a different action, demonstrating a variety of poses that seem to study motion and the body’s capability of twisting and turning. The strokes are precise yet dynamic, conveying movement and tension within the figures as they either embrace, lean upon, or wrap themselves around the central trunk. Despite being a study, each figure is depicted with a distinct character and form, indicating Dürer’s meticulous approach to the study of human anatomy. The sketch serves not only as a practice of form but also as a reflection of the artist’s meticulous and analytical nature in understanding and presenting human figures in art.

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