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Description of the painting by Albrecht Durer “Four Witches”

Description of the painting by Albrecht Durer “Four Witches”


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About this picture, we can confidently say that it is one of the most popular in the work of Dürer. The engraving is called “Four Witches,” and now we will examine in detail why art historians call it that.

The engraving depicts a small and dark room, which does not have any decorations or furniture, in addition to one small lamp. The room is somewhat reminiscent of a small cramped bag that combines something incomprehensible, mysterious. So, we see four naked women in front of us, they have only small capes with them, but they only emphasize the nakedness of the girls.

We see each of them only in a half-turn, but the poses do not repeat. Girls are like four sides of the horizon. But they are united not only by nudity. The looks of young nymphs are directed at something absolutely invisible and incomprehensible to the ordinary viewer. They see something supernatural.

The heads of the girls are interestingly decorated. Two of them have beautiful scarves, the one on the left wears a tall and unusual cap, but the fourth decided to just leave her careless ringlets and left without her head uncovered.

Pay attention to the proportions of the girls: one of them has a completely small and neat head, if you correlate it with the whole body. Moreover, the profile can be called quite classic. The second is quite beautiful, but her eyes are full of suffering and pain. And with her body she looks much younger than all the other girls around her. As for the third nymph, we simply do not see her face, because she has her back to the viewer, but the fourth girl is half hidden from the viewer, she seems embarrassed to show herself. She has a simple-minded face, but with a rather distrustful grimace.

Comparing the ideals of female beauty of those times and the present, we see a large abyss, but analyzing the era in which Dürer lived, it can be argued that the charms of the women depicted were rated very highly.





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