Weeping Angel boy (1521) by Albrecht Durer

Weeping Angel boy - Albrecht Durer - 1521

Artwork Information

TitleWeeping Angel boy
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Weeping Angel boy

The image shows a sketch titled “Weeping Angel boy,” which was created by artist Albrecht Dürer in 1521. The medium of this artwork is paper, and it belongs to the Northern Renaissance art movement. Classified as a sketch and study, it was part of Dürer’s study on the “Great Crucifixion” series. This particular piece is housed in a private collection.

This artwork is a detailed sketch capturing the expressive face of a young child or cherub, who appears to be weeping or distressed. The child has curly hair, and the furrows between the brows, the eyes squinted tightly shut with tears visible on the cheeks, and the open mouth suggest a strong emotional outburst. The wings of the angel are visible as well, and the child’s right arm seems to be partially drawn across the body, indicating a protective or self-comforting posture.

Attention to detail can be seen in the curves of the hair and the intricate feather texture of the wings. Even though it is a sketch, Dürer’s mastery in capturing human expression and emotion is evident. The monogram of Albrecht Dürer, consisting of his initials “AD,” is prominently placed at the top right side of the sketch, along with the year of creation, reinforcing the authenticity of the work.

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