Young Woman Attacked By Death (1495) by Albrecht Durer

Young Woman Attacked By Death - Albrecht Durer - 1495

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Woman Attacked By Death
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young Woman Attacked By Death

The artwork titled “Young Woman Attacked by Death” was created by the renowned Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer in 1495. It is an engraving that falls within the allegorical painting genre and is said to be part of a private collection. Dürer’s work during the Northern Renaissance is known for its intricate details and depth of meaning, often incorporating symbolic and moral themes.

The engraving depicts a skeletal figure, representing Death, grasping the arm of a young woman. The figure of Death is haggard, with a wild, scraggly beard and hollow eye sockets that evoke a sense of dread and inevitability. He seems to emerge from dark, swirling drapery or smoke, adding to the ominous atmosphere. In stark contrast, the young woman appears finely dressed, suggesting she may be of high social status or at least cares for her appearance. Her expression is one of shock and perhaps realization as she turns away from Death, attempting to pull back. Her body language suggests resistance or denial of the fate that Death represents.

In the background, we can see a barren landscape that may symbolize the desolate journey to the afterlife, highlighting the theme of mortality and the transient nature of life. The details of the woman’s garments and the textures depicted in the engraving showcase Dürer’s skill in his craft, making the image not only a profound statement on human existence but also a testament to the artistry of the period.

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