The Desperate Man (1515) by Albrecht Durer

The Desperate Man - Albrecht Durer - 1515

Artwork Information

TitleThe Desperate Man
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About The Desperate Man

“The Desperate Man” is commonly misattributed to Albrecht Dürer due to its etching style and the Northern Renaissance period to which it could belong. However, it is crucial to clarify that the provided artwork is not by Albrecht Dürer nor titled “The Desperate Man”, and it is not from 1515. Additionally, the image depicted is an etching, which aligns with the typical medium used during the Northern Renaissance, a period known for its detailed and intricate works of art.

The artwork depicted in the image is “The Four Witches” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1497, not 1515. It is an engraving, not an etching, and reflects Dürer’s mastery of the medium with its detailed linework and composition. The image shows four nude female figures in a somewhat arranged pose, each bearing different expressions. The densely packed scene features a skull on the ground, which along with the nudity and composition, suggests themes of witchcraft, magic, and perhaps the seductive yet menacing nature of the figures portrayed. It is an exemplar of Dürer’s skill in blending Northern Renaissance precision with enigmatic subject matter.

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