The Ascension (1511) by Albrecht Durer

The Ascension - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleThe Ascension
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About The Ascension

“The Ascension” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1511 as part of “The Small Passion” series during the Northern Renaissance. This religious artwork is held in the British Museum, London, UK, and exemplifies the intricate detail and devotional themes characteristic of Dürer’s prints.

In this woodcut, we see a detailed and dynamic representation of the Ascension of Jesus. The focal point is the ascending figure of Jesus Christ, who is surrounded by clouds as he moves heavenward, leaving his disciples below. Onlookers are depicted with a mixture of awe and reverence, their postures and gaze directed towards the miraculous event. The composition uses strong line work to carve out the figures and the clouds, creating a harmonious interplay of light and dark, which adds to the dramatic effect of the scene. The meticulous detailing and expressive faces of the characters highlight Dürer’s skill in conveying emotional depth and spiritual intensity in his work.

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