The School of Durer, St. Christopher Facing Left
Signed The School of Durer etching, St. Christopher Facing Left
|Artist:||The School of Durer (1500 - 1600)|
|Title:||St. Christopher Facing Left|
|Image Size:||4 1/2 in x 2 7/8 in (11.4 cm x 7.3 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||5 1/8 in x 3 1/4 in (13 cm x 8.3 cm)|
|Framed Size:||21 1/8 in x 19 1/4 in (53.7 cm x 48.9 cm)|
|Signature:||This work is monogrammed and dated with Albrecht Dürer's (Nuremburg, 1471- Nuremburg, 1528) signature initials in the plate 'AD' on a slate in the lower left.|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Gazing up in awe at the Christ child upon his back, Saint Christopher crosses the river. Often depicted as a larger-than-life figure, Saint Christopher unknowingly carried the Christ child across a torrent river. The child grew heavier and heavier, causing Saint Christopher much difficulty upon crossing the river. Durer depicts Saint Christopher as a strong, masculine male, yet he appears quite weary with the weight of the small child upon his back. He leans on a long branch for support as he stumbles forward. Christ touches his head in a gesture of blessing. Durer surrounds the Christ child in a white halo, suggesting his holiness. He utilizes delicate, sloping horizontal lines to depict the landscape and the river, contrasting with the strong vertical of the central figure of Saint Christopher and Christ.
This work is a copy in mirror image by a student or follower of Dürer created after the original engraving by Albrecht Dürer (Nuremburg, 1471- Nuremburg, 1528).
This etching is monogrammed and dated with Albrecht Dürer's (Nuremburg, 1471- Nuremburg, 1528) signature initials in the plate 'AD' on a slate in the lower left.
ORIGINAL ENGRAVING BY DURER FROM WHICH THIS WORK WAS BASED DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1) Bartsch. (1981). The Illustrated Bartsch. Abaris Books: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonnè no. 51 on pg. 117.
2) Meder, J. (1932). Dürer-Katalog. Verlag Gilhofer & Ranschburg: Vienna. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 53 on pg. 89.
3) Scheller, R. & Boon, K. (1971). The Graphic Art of Albrecht Dürer, Hans Dürer and The Dürer School. Vangendt & Co.: Amsterdam. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 52 on pg. 43.
4) Schoch, R. et. Al. (2002). Albrecht Dürer, Engravings, Etchings, and Dry Points. Prestel: München. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonnè no. 93 on pg. 228-229.
5) Strauss, W. (1980). Albrecht Dürer Woodcuts and Wood Blocks. Abaris Books, Inc.: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 96 on pg. 266-267.
ABOUT THE FRAMING:
Museum-grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
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All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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The School of Durer Biography
Albrecht Dürer (Nuremburg, 1471- Nuremburg, 1528) greatly influenced artists of succeeding generations, particularly in printmaking. His reputation, which spread far and wide across Europe through his prints, inspired other major artists such as Raphael (1483 – 1520), Titian (1477 – 1576), and Parmigianino (1503 – 1540), who later followed in Dürer’s footsteps and entered into collaborationswith printmakers to distribute their work beyond local regions.
Dürer’s prints greatly affected his German successors such as Hans Baldung Grien (1484 – 1545) and Albrecht Altdorfer (1480 – 1538), particularly the “Little Masters” who worked on a small scale but continued to depict Dürer’s themes. Many Italian engravers such as Giulio Campagnola (1482 – 1415), Christofano Robetta (1462 – 1534), Marcantonio Raimondi (1475 – 1534), and Agostino Veneziano (1490 – 1540) trained after Dürer, learning from and admiring his work. They often directly copied parts of his landscape backgrounds or the prints in their entirety in order to better their craft. Seen as a master printmaker and artistic inspiration, the School of Dürer emerged with works created in his masterful style by students and admirers alike.