Albrecht Dürer, ‘The Agony in the Garden’, 1515, Galerie d'Orsay

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

This is one of only six etchings that Dürer produced, all of them between c. 1515 and 1518. Early etchers often experienced difficulties in using iron plates, as here, which rusted quickly, and in controlling the acid for etching the design into the plate. These problems must have frustrated Dürer, who was so accomplished with the engraver’s burin, and may have deterred him from experimenting further with the technique.

Signature: Dated and signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram lower center.

Bartsch 19; Dodgson 82; Meder 19 II.b; Panofsky 126; Hollstein 19.b; Strauss 82; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 80.

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