Winged Man In Idealistic Clothing, playing a Lute (1497) by Albrecht Durer

Winged Man In Idealistic Clothing, playing a Lute - Albrecht Durer - 1497

Artwork Information

TitleWinged Man In Idealistic Clothing, playing a Lute
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationKupferstichkabinett Berlin, Berlin, Germany

About Winged Man In Idealistic Clothing, playing a Lute

The artwork titled “Winged Man In Idealistic Clothing, playing a Lute” is by Albrecht Dürer, a prominent figure in the Northern Renaissance art movement. Completed in 1497, the piece is a metalpoint drawing that represents the religious painting genre. The drawing is part of the collection at the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

In the artwork, we observe a detailed study of a winged man, likely an angel, depicted in a solemn and focused manner as he plays the lute. The figure exudes a sense of calm and devotion, common in religious iconography of the period. Dürer’s mastery of metalpoint technique is evident in the intricate detail of the figure’s features, the delicate rendering of the wings, and the folds of the idealistic, drapery-like clothing. The angel’s intense expression and the precision in the portrayal of his hands and fingers indicate a moment of intense musical and perhaps spiritual concentration. The subtle shading and the powerful lines express the artist’s skill in capturing the texture and form of both the angel and the musical instrument. Overall, the drawing is a fine example of the Northern Renaissance’s attention to detail and its blend of spirituality with artistic excellence.

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