Albrecht Dürer, ‘Coat of Arms with a Skull’, 1503, David Tunick, Inc.

Watermark: Meder 20, High Crown

References: Bartsch 101; Meder 98 a (of d);
Schoch, Mende and Scherbaum 37

Christie’s London 19 Nov. 1994 (lot 59); to
David Tunick, Inc., New York; 1995 to
Private collection, New York

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