Albrecht Dürer, ‘Agony in the Garden’, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original engraving printed in black ink on laid paper.

Dated and signed with the artist’s monogram in the plate on a tablet lower right.

A strong, dark 16th century/lifetime Meder “a-b” (of e) impression. One of fifteen plates comprising the Engraved Passion. Bearing an unidentified collection stamp in blue ink verso.

Catalog: Bartsch 4; Dodgson 50; Panofsky 111; Meder 4.a-b; Strauss 48; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 46.

In excellent condition, trimmed on or just inside the platemark all around.

Collection in which impressions of this state of this engraving can be found: Rijksmuseum (Rijksprentenkabinet), Amsterdam; Öffentliche Kunstsammlungen (Kupferstichkabinett), Basel; Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturlesitz (Kupferstichkabinett), Berlin; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich; Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Graphische Sammlung), Nuremberg; Bibliothèque Nationale (Caninet des Estampes), Paris; Musée du Louvre (Départment des Arts Graphiques (Collection Edmond de Rothschild), Paris.

About Albrecht Dürer

Considered one of the foremost artists of the Renaissance period, Albrecht Dürer’s extensive work in printmaking transformed the categorization of the medium from craft to fine art. Often depicting religious subjects, Dürer’s woodcuts and engravings demonstrated unprecedented technical skill, tonal variation, and compositional sophistication. Dürer theorized extensively on linear perspective and anatomical proportion, concerns that were articulated in a vast body of written work as well as in his paintings and prints. Dürer’s skill earned him the role of court artist for Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian I and Charles V, under whom he created a number of paintings and altarpieces. Dürer’s series of self-portraits, created throughout his career, represent some of his most iconic works.

German, 1471-1528, Nuremberg, Germany, based in Nuremberg, Germany