The Face of Melancholy
The intricate symbolism embedded in the art piece Melencolia I by German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer continues to invite speculation as to the true meaning behind the work. Consistent with medieval beliefs, melancholics were thought to be withdrawn, pensive, and somewhat pessimistic—traits that today are often associated with depression. Yet other theories suggest that the dejection seen on Melancholy’s face may represent emotions and insecurities felt by the artist himself.
Feature: Wood Doll stock photo at Pixabay, Creative Commons
Body: Albrecht Dürer at Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain