Visitation (c.1504) by Albrecht Durer

Visitation - Albrecht Durer - c.1504

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Visitation

The artwork titled “Visitation” is a piece created by Albrecht Dürer around the year 1504. This work is part of the Northern Renaissance art movement and is categorized as a religious painting. It is currently housed in the Albertina museum located in Vienna, Austria.

In this drawing, two central figures appear to be in an intimate moment of encounter or visitation, which is characteristic of religious narratives of this era, possibly depicting the Biblical scene of the Visitation where the Virgin Mary visits Elizabeth. The figures are detailed with soft lines that denote their facial expressions and the draping of their garments. The composition is structured with strong vertical and diagonal lines, seen in the architectural elements to the right and the natural forms to the left. There is a high level of attention to the intricate details such as the folds of the clothing and the portrayal of the background landscape, which features a delicate representation of clouds, trees, and distant structures. The scene is given depth through the use of perspective, with the figures in the foreground and the landscape receding into the distance. There are also figures that seem to be observing or accompanying the central action, as seen on the left and right edges of the drawing, contributing to a narrative quality. The work reflects Dürer’s skill in draftsmanship and his ability to convey spiritual themes through art.

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