The Nativity (1511) by Albrecht Durer

The Nativity - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

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

About The Nativity

The artwork “The Nativity” by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1511, is a woodcut piece reflecting the religious painting genre within the Northern Renaissance art movement. This piece is part of “The Small Passion” series and is housed at the British Museum in London, UK.

In Dürer’s “The Nativity,” the scene depicted is that of the birth of Jesus Christ. The central figures are the Holy Family, with the Virgin Mary kneeling in devotion before the infant Jesus, who lies on a bed of straw. Joseph stands to the side with a contemplative demeanor. The composition is framed by the wooden structure of a stable, with the open architecture allowing a view of the sky where a star shines brightly, symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem. Shepherds approach, with one entering the scene, indicating their visitation to honor the newborn, as recounted in the Gospel of Luke. Dürer’s attention to detail is evident in the rich textures and naturalistic elements, such as the expressive faces and the folds of the garments. The woodcut showcases Dürer’s mastery of the medium, with intricate lines and contrasts to evoke depth and dimension. His signature monogram, “AD,” can be seen in the lower part of the image, along with a small rose, which was a personal emblem for the artist.

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