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Melancholia, 1514 (engraving)

Melancholia, 1514 (engraving)


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Melancholia, 1514 (engraving)

XJF465181 Melancholia, 1514 (engraving) by DAOErer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528); Private Collection; German, out of copyright

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Beacon Despondency Despondent Genius Hour Glass Imagination Instruments Melancholia Rainbow Scales Winged


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This engraving, titled "Melancholia" and created in 1514 by Albrecht Dürer, is a profound exploration of human emotions and intellectual pursuits. The image showcases a despondent winged figure known as Melancholia, surrounded by an array of symbolic elements. In the foreground, we see Melancholia sitting amidst various mathematical instruments and tools, representing her deep contemplation and connection to knowledge. An hourglass reminds us of the fleeting nature of time while scales symbolize the balance between reason and emotion. The presence of a rainbow in the background serves as a beacon of hope amidst melancholy. It hints at the potential for transformation or enlightenment that can arise from embracing one's inner struggles. Dürer's meticulous attention to detail is evident in his depiction of architectural structures which further emphasize the complexity of human thought processes. Additionally, a rhombohedron polyhedron geometry adds an element of mysticism to this allegorical composition. Through this print, Dürer invites viewers into a world where imagination intertwines with sorrowful introspection. It prompts us to reflect on our own emotional landscapes and contemplate how they intersect with our pursuit of knowledge. This remarkable artwork has been preserved within private collections but continues to captivate audiences worldwide through its reproduction by Fine Art Finder via www. bridgemanart. com

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