Albrecht Dürer, ‘Christ in Limbo, from: The Engraved Passion (B., M., Holl. 16; S.M.S. 58)’, 1512, Christie's Old Masters

Engraving with watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gold, 1512, trimmed to the subject and mounted on vellum, exquisitely handcoloured by Georg Mack around 1588 and initialled GM in gilt, the vellum border recto decorated with a scroll of flowers, four birds and a tortoise, verso with a German manuscript text in brown ink and gilt relating to the Entombment of Christ, the border decorated with a scroll of red lilies, a caterpillar, a butterfly, other insects and a duck, window-mounted on modern laid paper, in very good condition, framed.

Baltimore, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Painted Prints - The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance & Baroque Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, 2002-2003, no. 46 (ill.).

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

About Georg Mack the Elder

German, Active circa 1556 - 1601, based in Nuremberg, Germany