The Four Witches (1497) by Albrecht Durer

The Four Witches - Albrecht Durer - 1497

Artwork Information

TitleThe Four Witches
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About The Four Witches

“The Four Witches,” created by Albrecht Dürer in 1497, is an engraving that belongs to the period of the Northern Renaissance and falls into the genre of nude painting (nu). The artwork is a striking example of Dürer’s skill in the medium of engraving and reflects the aesthetic and cultural influences of the time.

The engraving portrays four nude female figures standing in a group. Their poses and the interaction between them suggest a sense of intimacy and camaraderie, as they appear engaged with each other rather than with the viewer. Each figure displays unique physical characteristics and hair styling that contribute to their individuality, yet they are unified in their collective presence.

At the top center of the composition hovers a peculiar round object bearing a number, which could be interpreted as a reference to mysterious or occult symbolism, potentially aligning with the work’s title and notions of witchcraft that were a subject of interest and speculation during Dürer’s time. The overall composition is framed by architectural elements, such as a door to the right, contributing to a sense of depth and space in the image.

Albrecht Dürer’s monogram, the letters “AD,” can be seen toward the bottom of the engraving, confirming the work as one of his creations. This piece continues to captivate viewers with its blend of technical excellence, enigmatic subject matter, and its reflection of Renaissance sensibilities.

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