Willibald Pirckheimer (1524) by Albrecht Durer

Willibald Pirckheimer - Albrecht Durer - 1524

Artwork Information

TitleWillibald Pirckheimer
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Willibald Pirckheimer

The artwork “Willibald Pirckheimer” is an engraving created by Albrecht Dürer in 1524. Dürer, a prominent figure of the Northern Renaissance, was known for his remarkable skill in engraving, and this work exemplifies that. It is a portrait genre piece, depicting Willibald Pirckheimer, a humanist and a friend of Dürer. Currently, this engraving belongs to a private collection.

The artwork portrays an upper-half view of Willibald Pirckheimer turned to his right, providing a profile aspect. His face is meticulously rendered with an array of lines to illustrate shadows and forms, showcasing Dürer’s mastery of the engraving medium. Pirckheimer’s expression is solemn, with a direct gaze that seems thoughtful and introspective. He has a full head of curly hair, and his attire suggests wealth or status, notable with the fur collar that envelops his shoulders. Below the portrait, there is text in a rectangular cartouche that appears to provide information about the subject and possibly a dedication or statement, typical for portrait engravings of the time. The engraving is highly detailed, offering a sense of texture and depth that brings the subject to life. Dürer’s monogram and the date of the artwork (MDXXIV – 1524) are visible within the composition, marking it as his work.

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