Ulrich Varnbuler (1522) by Albrecht Durer

Ulrich Varnbuler - Albrecht Durer - 1522

Artwork Information

TitleUlrich Varnbuler
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Ulrich Varnbuler

The artwork titled “Ulrich Varnbuler” is a woodcut portrait by Albrecht Dürer, dated 1522. This piece is an example of the Northern Renaissance art movement and belongs to the portrait genre. The woodcut currently resides in a private collection.

The image depicts a man in profile, facing to the right. He is characterized by a prominent nose, a strong chin, and a serious gaze. His head is adorned with a large, floppy hat, which adds a distinctive silhouette to the piece. The attire suggests a style that is consistent with the clothing of the early 16th century, particularly among the European upper class. The intricate details, such as the pattern on his garment and the texture of his hair and beard, showcase Dürer’s skill in the woodcut medium. There is text inscribed above his head, identifying him as Ulrich Varnbuler, and additional text in a decorative cartouche to the right, which may be a quote or an emblematic statement related to the subject. The overall composition is tight, focusing primarily on the subject’s face and upper body, which is typical of portrait work from this period, aiming to convey the individual’s character and social status.

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