Albrecht Dürer, The Doubting Thomas or Christ Appearing to the Apostles (The Small Passion), 1612
|Artist:||Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)|
|Title:||The Doubting Thomas or Christ Appearing to the Apostles (The Small Passion), 1612|
|Reference:||B.49; K.255; M.158; Str.133|
|Medium:||Woodcut Monogrammed in the Block, Italian Edition of 1612|
|Image:||5 in x 3 13/16 in (12.7 cm x 9.7 cm)|
|Sheet:||7 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in (19.7 cm x 14 cm)|
|Framed:||22 in x 20 3/4 in (55.9 cm x 52.7 cm)|
|Edition:||This work is from the Italian edition of 1612, with Italian text on verso.|
|Signature:||This work is monogrammed in the woodblock 'AD' in the upper right.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
According to W. Strauss (1980), "Dürer has pictured St. Thomas in the very act of placing two fingers into the Saviour's wound. But the artist has gone a step further: Christ's gesture visualizes his comment to Thomas: 'You have believed me because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen, yet believe' (John 20:29)…. The suggestion has been made that Christ's gesture derives from that in the engraving, 'Man of Sorrows with Hands Raised', but we prefer to think that the expressive pose was invented for this occasion. Christ's nakedness is in stark contrast to the weightly robes of the doubting Thomas, perhaps to underscore his 'weighty concerns' (396)."
Created in 1612, this original woodcut is monogrammed in the woodblock 'AD' in the upper right. This work is from the Italian edition of 1612 with Italian text on verso.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final sale of the work):
1) Bartsch. (1981). The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 10. Edited by Walter L. Strauss. Abaris Books: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonnè no. 49.
2) Kurth, Dr. Willi, The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer, 1963, listed as plate 255 and discussed on page 31-2.
3) Meder, Joseph, Dürer-Katalog, 1932. Listed and illustrated as cat no 158.
4) Scheller, Robert W. and Karel G. Boon, The Graphic Art of Albrecht Dürer Hans Dürer and the Dürer School, 1971, Listed as cat no 158.
5) Schoch, R., et al. (2002). Albrecht Dürer: Das druckgraphische Werk, Band II Holzschnitte und Holzschnittfolgen. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 219.
6) Strauss, Walter L., Albrecht Dürer Woodcuts and Wood Blocks, 1980. Listed as cat no 133.
7) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.