An original Albrecht Dürer engraving.
Original engraving printed in black ink on laid paper
Dated and signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram lower center.
A superb 16th century/lifetime Meder “b” (of “d”) impression, showing one faint horizontal wiping mark in the cloak of the figure in the right foreground, richly inked showing strong contrasts throughout. One of fifteen lates comprising the Engraved Passion.
Catalog: Bartsch 10; Dodgson 59; Panofsky 116; Meder 10.b; Strauss 62; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 52.b.
In 1905 the scholar Heinrich Wölffin wrote of this plate:
Nothing can compare to this engraving. Two opposites are here presented with the greatest economy and limitation. Suffering is contrasted with compassion. Although the expression of suffering is subdued, it is unmistakable. The uninterrupted contour of the stoic observer is likewise characteristic and striking in expressing the contrast of feeling. The public, in the background, is barley shown, but its prerence is felt.
In 1957 the scholar Friedrich Winkler wrote:
A new high point. The concept as pictured in The Large Woodcut Passion has here been brought to its ultimate conclusion. It can be seen that the older, experimental rendering of the Small Woodcut Passion was misguided.