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Saint Anthony

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471 - 1528)

Date: 1519
Medium: Engraving on paper
Overall: 4 x 5 5/8in. (10.2 x 14.3cm)
Image: 3 7/8 x 5 9/16in. (9.8 x 14.1cm)
Signed: In plate (engraved): '1519 / AD'
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Root
Object number: 53.105
Label Text
Albrecht Dürer was the central figure in Northern European printmaking in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. His engraving of Saint Anthony (c. 250-350) depicts the first Christian monk. Anthony lived in Egypt in poverty and is revered for his piety and scholarship. Traditionally, he is shown in the desert besieged by fantastic creatures. Dürer departed from this pictorial tradition and, instead, depicted him seated on the ground in front of a Medieval Northern European cityscape. The buildings rise on a hill behind the saint forming a triangular shape that echos the contours of Anthony's pose. This engraving is one of the very few that Dürer ever made in a horizontal format.

February 2005
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