Dürer's Venetian Girl

Dürer's Venetian Girl
Dürer's Venetian Girl

The development of the art of German Alberto Dürer has a very important milestone and that is when this artist traveled to Italy to see firsthand hand the painting that was being done in the transalpine country at the beginning of the 16th century. There he had the opportunity to discover with his own eyes the Renaissance painting of the great masters, which was to leave an indelible mark not only on his own paintings, but also on the entireGerman art of those years, since Italian influence and humanist art came through him to other Germanic and Nordic painters.


Dürer's Venetian Girl

Being in Italy he not only contemplated the local art, he also made different works that have survived to this day. And one of those examples is this painting titled Young Venetian Girl that she would do in 1505 and which is currently kept in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, that is, the Museum of Historical Art in the Austrian capital.

Art critics agree to see a clear influence of the colors of the Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini in this painting. A master who would stand out above all for his religious art and whom Dürer knew personally and admired. So much so that even in one of his many self-portraits he paid him a heartfelt tribute.

As he did with himself, he also paints us here a character dressed in fashionfrom Venice. There are many women and girls with similar hairstyles and clothing in the art of Veneto from the late 15th and early 16th centuries. But the truth is that few with the elegance that the one painted by a German transmits to us.

However, as always happens with the great masters, Dürer is not limited to letting himself be influenced, he learns from the art of others and creates his works in a very personal way, something that is visible here in certain details, such as the exquisiteness with which the girl's curly hair is painted.

Those curls are not only an example of the German painter's mastery, they are one of the elements that manage to give life to the effigy. As happens with lips of a certain irregularity or with the slight inclination of the head. All this humanizes the girl and gives her life.

It also makes her fair skin color, her orange dress and her blonde hair stand out enormously against a completely black background. That outstanding protagonism takes on even more presence due to certain notes of dark color such as the necklace on the neckline, the brown eyes of the face or the bow that she wears under her left shoulder.

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