Portrait of Dürer’s Mother Barbara: Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer: Portrait of Dürer's Mother Barbara

Portrait of Dürer’s Mother Barbara is a 1490 portrait painting by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer.

Analysis of Portrait of Dürer’s Mother Barbara

This portrait of Dürer’s Mother Barbara was painted by Albrecht Dürer around 1490 when she was approximately 39 years old. The physicality of the painting – Barbara occupies most of the picture space and Albrecht pays particular attention to the painting of the details of the face and folds of the neck – seems to be in tension with Barbara’s expression which seems to reveal a melancholic reverie, as she looks out to our right.

Albrecht Dürer’s Portrait of Dürer’s Mother Barbara (Bildnis von Barbara Dürer, geb. Holper in his native German) is in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany.

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