Albrecht Dürer, ‘Melencolia I’, 1514, Christie's
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Albrecht Dürer

Melencolia I, 1514

Engraving on laid paper
9 1/2 × 7 2/5 in
24.1 × 18.7 cm
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Without watermark, a fine Meder IIa impression, printing with great clarity and intense contrasts, …

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Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471–1528
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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.

Albrecht Dürer, ‘Melencolia I’, 1514, Christie's
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Without watermark, a fine Meder IIa impression, printing with great clarity and intense contrasts, the figure's face printing darkly, trimmed inside the platemark but retaining a fillet of blank paper outside the subject in most places, trimmed on or just inside the platemark below, a narrow strip on the right of …

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Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471–1528
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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.

Albrecht Dürer

Melencolia I, 1514

Engraving on laid paper
9 1/2 × 7 2/5 in
24.1 × 18.7 cm
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