Two Venetian women (1495) by Albrecht Durer

Two Venetian women - Albrecht Durer - 1495

Artwork Information

TitleTwo Venetian women
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Two Venetian women

“Two Venetian Women,” a portrait created by Albrecht Durer in 1495, is an exemplar of the Northern Renaissance art movement. This drawing portrays two women, presumably from Venice given the title, providing insight into the fashion and style of the period.

In the artwork, two Venetian women are depicted, one in profile view and the other shown from behind. The woman in profile is finely dressed, with elaborate clothing details that indicate a high social status. She has her hair fashionably styled, with what appears to be a headdress, and her attire is adorned with patterns and possibly precious stones or pearls. The intricate details of her dress, from the folds to the embroidered designs, showcase Durer’s skill in capturing texture and fabric quality. The second woman is less detailed, but her posture and the draping of her garments suggest movement, and the simplicity of the lines used to sketch her figure contrasts with the detail of the first woman. The attention to fashion and garment structure in this drawing provides a rich historical context for understanding Venetian attire of the era.

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