Melancholy I

Melancholy I


This famous engraving, created in 1514, depicts a winged female figure seated amidst various symbolic objects, including a magic square, polyhedron, scale, and hourglass. Durer's portrayal of melancholy diverges from traditional depictions, presenting a contemplative figure rather than a despondent one. The intricate detailing and use of symbolism in the artwork highlight Durer's mastery of the medium and his profound understanding of the human psyche.

"Melancholia I" remains a subject of scholarly debate, inviting interpretations ranging from an allegory of the artist's mental state to a commentary on the limits of human knowledge. Its enigmatic nature and technical brilliance continue to fascinate art historians, making it a significant work in the Northern Renaissance.

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