Albrecht Dürer, ‘St. Jerome Penitent in the Wilderness’, 1496, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original engraving printed in black ink on laid paper bearing the “Bishop’s Crest” watermark (Meder 39)

Signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram lower center.

A superb, black, richly inked 16th century Meder “f” (of g) impression, showing the vertical scratch parallel to the right margin, printed c. 1540-50.

Catalog: Bartsch 61; Dodgson 11; Panofsky 168; Meder 57.f; Strauss 8; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 6.

Trimmed on the platemark on all four sides, otherwise in excellent condition.

Literature regarding this artwork: Giulia Bartrum, Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy: The Graphic Work of a Renaissance Artist, Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey, 2002, no. 46, p. 114 (ill.).

Collections in which comparable impressions of this engraving can be found: Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Graphische Sammlung), Nuremberg; Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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