The Crying Angel, 1484

Albrecht Dürer shows us a child crying hardly and desperate. His whole face is bloated, mouth and nose are wry, the eyes disappear under the swollen lids.

The loveliness of the sight of a child that often tempts an artist to paint is turned into its opposite here, and a soul-stirring sight instead is presented. This head is a preparation sketch for a crying angel within a crucification group which exists as a copper engraving. One wing can actually be seen at the right. The angel looks down to the ground from the clouds.

Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528) whose art determined a whole era (the "Dürerzeit") was born in a time of change. In Italy, the human ideal of the Renaissance was blooming, while Germany was still in its late gothic era. After he visited Italy twice, Dürer brought a profound change to art in Germany and set a new standard.