The Conversion Of St. Paul (1495) by Albrecht Durer

The Conversion Of St. Paul - Albrecht Durer - 1495

Artwork Information

TitleThe Conversion Of St. Paul
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Conversion Of St. Paul

The image you’ve provided is “The Conversion of St. Paul” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1495. It is an engraving belonging to the Northern Renaissance movement, characterized by its religious theme. Initially, the artwork resides within a private collection.

In the engraving, Dürer has portrayed the biblical story from the Acts of the Apostles where Saul (later known as Paul), on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians, is struck by a divine light and experiences a vision of Jesus Christ. This moment leads to Saul’s conversion to Christianity. The image captures this dramatic event with a focus on the figures and their expressions. Paul is shown disjointed from his horse, lying on the ground, amidst a moment of revelation. His companions and the horse are startled and confused by the sudden event, while the background features a landscape that includes a city, possibly Damascus. The whole scene is depicted with intricate detail, showcasing Dürer’s skill in creating narrative and emotion through the medium of engraving.

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