Triumphal Arch (1514 – 1526) by Albrecht Durer

Triumphal Arch - Albrecht Durer - 1514 - 1526

Artwork Information

TitleTriumphal Arch
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1514 - 1526
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Triumphal Arch

The “Triumphal Arch” is a piece of artwork designed by Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement. Created between 1514 and 1526, the work falls under the genre of design and is one of Dürer’s significant contributions to printmaking, reflecting the intricate and detailed style characteristic of the Northern Renaissance.

Examining the artwork, it becomes apparent that the “Triumphal Arch” is a highly detailed and ornate woodcut print. It is designed to be assembled from multiple individual sheets of paper and was one of the largest prints of the time. The print showcases a grand arch with multiple levels of intricate ornamentation, including columns, pediments, and friezes. The visual narrative woven throughout the scenes and figures populating the arch appears to tell a historical or allegorical story, which would have been familiar to the contemporary audience of Dürer’s time. The structure is heavily decorated with figures, crests, and architectural elements that echo the grand triumphal arches of ancient Rome, reflecting the Renaissance interest in classical themes and motifs.

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