The young peasant and his wife (1497 – 1498) by Albrecht Durer

The young peasant and his wife - Albrecht Durer - 1497 - 1498

Artwork Information

TitleThe young peasant and his wife
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1497 - 1498
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About The young peasant and his wife

The artwork titled “The Young Peasant and His Wife” was created by artist Albrecht Dürer between 1497 and 1498. A key figure of the Northern Renaissance, Dürer was well-known for his work in genre painting, a style depicting scenes of everyday life. This particular piece reflects the Northern Renaissance’s characteristic attention to detail and interest in the lives of ordinary people.

In the artwork, we observe a young peasant couple depicted in an expressive manner. The man is animatedly gesturing with one arm raised, as if he’s speaking emphatically or reacting to something with surprise or alarm. His facial expression is that of shock or intense communication, suggesting a moment of lively discussion or argument. The woman, standing by his side, has a more composed demeanor, yet there’s a slight tension in her posture suggesting she’s intently listening or involved in the interaction. Both figures are dressed in clothing appropriate for their status as peasants in the late 15th century, which has been depicted with meticulous attention to the textures and folds of the fabric.

Albrecht Dürer’s monogram, the recognizable “AD” signature, is visible in the image, marking it unmistakably as his work. The number “83” present in the image might refer to an inventory or catalogue number added later, and not originally part of Dürer’s creation. The detailed line work and clear contrast characteristic of ink drawings of the time are evident, showcasing Dürer’s skill in creating depth and character through black and white medium.

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