Portrait of Oswolt Krel by Albrecht Durer Stone Beverage Coaster
Portrait of Oswolt Krel by Albrecht Durer, 1499, is an oil and tempera portrait painting on wood panel of young, serious Renaissance gentleman. Behind him, glimpsed behind a colourful curtain, is a landscape with trees. Durer’s incisive drawing and skill as a portraitist emphasizes the individual character of the subject, a hallmark of the humanistic values of the Renaissance era.
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was a German painter of the Northern Renaissance whose work as an engraver, printmaker, mathematician and theorist secured his reputation as one of the greatest artists of Europe. His many paintings, portraits, altarpieces, watercolors, and engravings were the first in the Northern Renaissance to use classical motifs from antiquity and the Italian Renaissance. Durer’s unparalleled skill in drawing and engraving as well as mastery of perspective allowed him rapid execution of a range of motifs which elicit universal admiration to this day.