The Arrest of Christ (1504) by Albrecht Durer

The Arrest of Christ - Albrecht Durer - 1504

Artwork Information

TitleThe Arrest of Christ
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About The Arrest of Christ

“The Arrest of Christ” is a religious painting created by Albrecht Dürer in 1504 as part of the Northern Renaissance movement. This artwork is one of the pieces from “The Green Passion” series and is currently located at the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria.

The painting depicts a tumultuous night scene crowded with figures. At the forefront, we can see a group of soldiers and other individuals involved in the dramatic capture of Christ, identifiable by his halo. The central figures appear to be in a state of confrontation and movement, illustrating the moment of betrayal and arrest. A figure on the left side seems to be reaching out to another character, likely representing the kiss of Judas, while in the background, additional soldiers are portrayed with spears and torches, enhancing the chaotic atmosphere of the scene.

The palette of the artwork consists of dark, muted tones, with the exception of the bright halo and the light from the torches which cast dramatic shadows, adding to the intensity and gravity of the event. The detailed depiction of the figures and the use of light and shadow are characteristic of Dürer’s meticulous approach and his mastery of the Northern Renaissance style, emphasizing emotion and narrative through intricate and well-composed imagery.

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