Albrecht Dürer, ‘The Four Angels holding the Winds, from: Apocalypse (B. 66; M., Holl. 169; S.M.S. 117)’, ca. 1497-1498, Christie's Old Masters

Woodcut, circa 1497-98, indistinct watermark, possibly Small Scales in a Circle (M. 170 a), a very good proof impression before the German and Latin text editions of 1498, printing slightly unevenly yet with great contrasts and depth, trimmed to the borderline, a 15 mm. tear at the right sheet edge, the tips of the upper sheet corners made up, otherwise in good condition.

Vinzent Mayer (1831-1918), New York and Freiburg (L. 2525); his posthumous sale, Cassirer, Helbing, Rosenthal, Berlin, 8 October 1919 (and following days), lot 126 (Mk 500).

Dr. Franz Winzinger (born 1910), Oettingen, Bavaria (L. 2600a).

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