The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (1505) by Albrecht Durer

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Albrecht Durer - 1505

Artwork Information

TitleThe Presentation of Christ in the Temple
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

“The Presentation of Christ in the Temple” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1505 as part of his “Life of the Virgin” series. This piece exemplifies the Northern Renaissance with its religious theme. The artwork is currently held in the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria.

In the woodcut, a scene unfolds inside a temple characterized by classical architectural elements, including large, ornate Corinthian columns and a coffered ceiling. The central figures in the composition are the Virgin Mary, who kneels reverently before an altar while presenting the Christ child, and the high priest, who performs the rite of presentation. Surrounding them is a group of onlookers, some of whom appear to be conversing or observing the ceremony with keen interest. The figures are dressed in garments that reflect the intricate fashion of the artist’s time rather than the biblical era, which is a common convention in art from this period. The use of perspective draws the viewer’s eye towards the central ritual while also lending depth to the temple interior. Dürer’s attention to detail in the line work of the woodcut medium is evident, showcasing his masterful technique in capturing texture, light, and shadow.

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