The Resurrection of Christ (c.1497) by Albrecht Durer

The Resurrection of Christ - Albrecht Durer - c.1497

Artwork Information

TitleThe Resurrection of Christ
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About The Resurrection of Christ

“The Resurrection of Christ” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created around 1497 during the Northern Renaissance. This religious artwork forms part of “The Large Passion” series and reflects the period’s attention to detail and interest in religious themes.

In the woodcut, Christ is depicted rising from his tomb amidst a burst of divine light. His right hand is raised in blessing, while his left hand holds a long banner, often associated with the Resurrection. Surrounding him are guards, some of whom are asleep, overwhelmed, or in awe at the miraculous event. The soldiers are depicted in contemporary armor, grounding the biblical event in the time of the artist. The composition is intricate, with Christ at the center, creating a focal point that is both spiritual and compositional. The woodcut is rich in textures and detail, showcasing Dürer’s mastery of the medium and his ability to convey a complex narrative within a single image. The use of dramatic contrasts between light and dark areas adds to the scene’s intensity and highlights the miraculous nature of the Resurrection.

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