Sudarium Spread Out By An Angel (1516) by Albrecht Durer

Sudarium Spread Out By An Angel - Albrecht Durer - 1516

Artwork Information

TitleSudarium Spread Out By An Angel
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Sudarium Spread Out By An Angel

The artwork titled “Sudarium Spread Out by an Angel” is an etching created by Albrecht Dürer in 1516, during the Northern Renaissance. It is classified as a religious painting and belongs to a private collection. The etching technique used by Dürer is indicative of the artist’s mastery in fine detail and illustrative precision that are characteristic of the Northern Renaissance period’s approach to art.

The etching shows a central angel dramatically holding up the Sudarium, the cloth believed to bear the imprint of Christ’s face. The angel is surrounded by an assortment of cherubic figures and other angels, some of whom appear to be in motion, adding to the dynamic quality of the scene. The detailed work captures the drapery of the fabric and the intricate feather patterns of the angelic wings with almost scientific precision, a hallmark of Dürer’s style. The use of contrasting light and dark is achieved through the dense etching lines, creating a sense of depth and volume. The sky is rendered with horizontal lines which provide a backdrop to the scene, setting a solemn and heavenly atmosphere. The meticulous detail and the subject matter align well with the religious fervor and the artistic innovation of the era.

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