Sudarium Displayed By Two Angels (1513) by Albrecht Durer

Sudarium Displayed By Two Angels - Albrecht Durer - 1513

Artwork Information

TitleSudarium Displayed By Two Angels
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Sudarium Displayed By Two Angels

“Sudarium Displayed by Two Angels” is an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, a renowned German artist from the Northern Renaissance. Completed in 1513, this religious artwork illustrates Dürer’s masterful technique and attention to detail.

The engraving portrays two angels holding a sudarium, which is a cloth believed to have been placed on the face of Jesus at his burial. The cloth displays the detailed imprint of Christ’s face, rendered with careful lines and shading. Dürer’s ability to depict the angels in elaborate apparel, with expressive faces and majestic wings is evident. The cloth drapes with great realism, mirroring the angels’ gentle movements as they present the holy relic for veneration. One angel gestures toward the cloth while the other offers a calming presence, gazing directly at the viewer, creating a spiritual connection. The artwork conveys a mix of solemn reverence and divine beauty, characteristic of Dürer’s religious pieces. Dürer’s signature monogram and the date of the piece are prominently placed in the forefront, marking his authorship.

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