During the European Renaissance, a culture of manliness formed around the ideals of action, reason, and contemplation. These ideals are epitomized in the Master Works of Albrecht Dürer: Knight, Death and the Devil, St. Jerome in his Study, and Melancholia I. Through these works we can observe what a real man of the 16th century was expected to be. Scholars have seen these works as related to one another, but none have fully examined how all three prints characterize masculine virtues. This paper will examine these ideas according to Renaissance concepts of masculine or feminine and will discuss the images in light of other works that reveal the consequences of failed masculinity, the failure to heed reason.
Timothee Rocheleau, ’02 Sequim, WA
Major: Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Sponsor: Christina McOmber