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The Standard Bearer

Albrecht Dürer

European Art

Albrecht Dürer intently studied human proportions, analyzing the way anatomical form was portrayed both in antiquity and in the work of other Renaissance artists. Here, the standard bearer’s tight clothing accentuates his musculature. His stance displays classical contrapposto, in which one leg is slightly bent while the other bears the body’s full weight, producing a sinuous and graceful line. Contrapposto, literally meaning “counterpose,” was a fundamental formal tool for Renaissance artists, who took inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman statuary.
MEDIUM Engraving on laid paper
DATES ca. 1500
DIMENSIONS 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (11.4 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Monogram "AD" inside plate
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
STATE Only state
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Charles Pratt
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). The Standard Bearer, ca. 1500. Engraving on laid paper, 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (11.4 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Charles Pratt, 57.188.9 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.188.9_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 57.188.9_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). <em>The Standard Bearer</em>, ca. 1500. Engraving on laid paper, 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (11.4 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Charles Pratt, 57.188.9 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.188.9_PS9.jpg)