Albrecht Dürer, ‘The Masquerade Dance with Torches, from: Freydal (B. app. 38; M., Holl. 250; S.M.S. 272.5)’, ca. 1517-18, Christie's Old Masters

Woodcut, circa 1517-18, watermark Small Posthorn, a good but later impression, probably Meder e with the gaps in the upper border filled in, trimmed to or just outside the borderline, in very good condition.

Gordon A. Block (born 1914), Philadelphia (L.342a); probably his sale, Parke Bernet, New York, 6-9 March 1944.

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