Albrecht Dürer, The Deposition or The Descent from the Cross (The Small Passion), 1612

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)
Title:The Deposition or The Descent from the Cross (The Small Passion), 1612
Reference:B.42; K. 248; M.151; Str.126
Medium:Original Woodcut
Image:4 15/16 in x 3 3/4 in (12.5 cm x 9.5 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 lower left.
Condition:This work is in good condition.
ID #w-4267
USD $7,000 GBP £5,250

Historical Description

Of this woodcut Erwin Panofsky states, "the 'Descent from the Cross' verges on the horrible. The broken body of Christ, head downward, lies across the shoulders of a lansquenet like the carcass of a slaughtered animal; its upper part is almost obliterated by harsh foreshortening, the face is wholly invisible, and the helpless hands and disheveled hair convey a sense of almost unbearable misery" (Strauss, 382).

Created in 1612, this original woodcut is monogrammed in the woodblock 'AD' in the lower left. This work is from the Italian edition of 1612 with Italian text on verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Albrecht Durer The Deposition or the Descent from the Cross (The Small Passion), 1612 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. 42.

2) Kurth, Dr. Willi, The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer, 1963, listed as plate 248 and discussed on page 31-2.

3) Meder, Joseph, Dürer-Katalog, 1932. Listed and illustrated as cat no 151.

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 151.

5) Schoch, R., et al. (2002). Albrecht Dürer: Das druckgraphische Werk, Band II Holzschnitte und Holzschnittfolgen. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 212.

6) Strauss, Walter L., Albrecht Dürer Woodcuts and Wood Blocks, 1980. Listed as cat no 126.

7) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Albrecht Durer The Deposition or the Descent from the Cross (The Small Passion), 1612 is museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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