The Adoration of the Holy Trinity (Landauer Altar) (1511) by Albrecht Durer

The Adoration of the Holy Trinity (Landauer Altar) - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleThe Adoration of the Holy Trinity (Landauer Altar)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About The Adoration of the Holy Trinity (Landauer Altar)

“The Adoration of the Holy Trinity (Landauer Altar)” is a masterpiece by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1511 during the Northern Renaissance. Executed in oil on panel, this religious painting exemplifies the artistic detail and devout expressions typical of the period. The artwork is currently housed at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

The painting features a rich array of figures, with the Christian Holy Trinity at the composition’s pinnacle. God the Father is seated on a throne, holding a crucified Christ (the Son), with the Holy Spirit represented as a dove above them. They are surrounded by a vast host of saints, angels, and other holy figures, creating a celestial court. Below the heavenly assembly, on the earthly plane, are gathered various ranks of men and women who look upon the scene in reverent adoration. The figures are set against a backdrop of clouds, emphasizing the division between the divine sphere and the mortal world. The attention to detail in the work extends to the frame, which is intricately carved with further decorative elements, enhancing the overall impact of the artwork. The vivid expressions of the figures, the depth of perspective, and the elaborate use of color highlight Dürer’s skill and his ability to convey theological complexity through art.

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