By Albrecht Durer, Walter L. Strauss
Albrecht Dürer's ninety six engravings, six etchings, and 3 dynamic drypoints are counted between his most interesting and best-known works. by means of the very nature of the medium, every one superb line of an engraving is managed via the artist and is determined by the strain of the burin in his hand. within the engravings, Dürer was once for that reason capable of in attaining an extraordinary intricacy of element, subtlety of line, and three-dimensionality.
All a hundred and five of Dürer's works in those 3 mediums are reproduced during this variation. between them are his most renowned works, "Knight, demise and Devil," "Melencolia I," and "St. Jerome in His Study"; additionally images of his contemporaries, together with Erasmus of Rotterdam and Frederick the clever, well known and spiritual topics bought via Dürer's spouse at festivals, "Adam and Eve," the Engraved Passion (15 subjects), and "The Virgin with the Dragonfly." lots of those convey him much more captivating and refined than do the comparative woodcuts. Reproductions of experimental influence provide the chance to review Dürer's operating process. Dürer's matters variety from scenes of the hot testomony and the lifetime of the Saints to portrayals of peasant personalities and representations of portentous occasions, akin to "The 4 Witches" and "Sol Justitae," performed in 1499 in anticipation of the ultimate Judgment that used to be greatly envisioned for the top of the century. The engraving "The significant Sow of Landser," a pig born with one head, 4 ears, our bodies, 8 ft, on six of which it stood, and with tongues," equally recorded in occasion that used to be considered as an sick omen.
In the current version, by way of taking pictures in such a lot circumstances on to lithographic movie from the best impressions, the engravings, the place attainable, were published in order that even below a magnifying glass Dürer's certain strains may be noticeable. Likewise, other than in a really few circumstances, the sizes were stored precisely to the originals, whole with border-lines the place indicated. Walter L. Strauss has ready the observation for this version with references to significant catalogs, a precis of the statements of past commentators, and historical past fabric at the engravings, on Dürer, and at the topics of the works. when you are drawn to Dürer, a duplicate of this variation of the engravings is a must.
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Flechsig, 1928, vol. II, p. 230, lists this second series as follows: No. 28 Man of Sorrows with Hands Raised No. 29 Witch Riding Backwards on a Goat No. 30 Three Putti with Shield and Helmet No. 32 The Virgin with the Infant Christ and St. Anne No. 33 St. Sebastian at the Tree No. 35 The Standard Bearer No. 36 St. George on Foot No. 38 Apollo and Diana 4 1957, p. 137. 29. WITCH RIDING BACKWARDS ON A GOAT Monogram with the D reversed; no date . 115 X 70 mm; 4 1/2 X 2 3/4 in. No border lines.
17 Three Peasants in Conversation No. 18 Lady on Horseback and Lansquenet No. 25 Sol Justitiae No. 26 St. Sebastian at the Column No. 27 The Virgin on the Crescent A second group of small engravings, of slightly different format, begins with No. 28. 46. 2 E. Flechsig, 1928, vol. I, p. 223. 13. THE COOK AND HIS WIFE Monogram; no date . 108 X 77 mm; 4 1/4 X 3 in. With border lines. 191. ” Koehler1 suggested that the man may be Mohammed, for “it has been said that a divine dove often alighted upon Mohammed’s shoulders and communicated to him his religious system.
The subject matter of many of his engravings follows this dictum. A great number of his prints are devotional sheets which his wife Agnes sold at the market square of Nuremberg or at the fairs at Frankfurt and other cities. Others are peasant scenes typical of the quaint outdoor types who attended these events as vendors or as buyers. They may well be engraved “snapshots” of particular individuals who were seen regularly in the marketplace and whom everyone in town recognized. It must be remembered that there simply was no way of reproducing pictures at that time other than woodcuts and engravings.