- Museum number
- Series: Small Passion
The Entombment of Christ. c.1509-10
Woodblock cut for printing a woodcut
- Production date
Height: 129 millimetres
Width: 99 millimetres
Depth: 25 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This woodblock was used for the twenty-ninth plate of the series Small Passion, which was first published as a book in Nuremberg in 1511.The book consists of a woodcut title-page and 36 illustrations, all with letterpress text on the verso, and a final page with impressum and colophon on the recto.
Thirty-five of the thirty-seven used woodblocks are in the British Museum.
This block is made from pearwood and cut along a tangential longitudinal section of the wood-grain (Scientific Research Department, Dec.1993).
see Renaissance Prints, BM exh.cat (1995), no.28.
For an impression of this woodblock, see Meder 153 (1896-1-25-1-28)
Entry from 'Dürer and his Legacy', BM exh. cat:
'Thirty-five of the thirty-seven blocks for the 'Small Passion' are in the British Museum. The block for the frontispiece does not appear in later sixteenth-century impressions of the series, which implies that it became damaged or was separated from the others soon after the 1511 edition was published. By 1612, the remaining blocks were in Venice, where an Italian edition was published by Daniel Bissuccio, with an engraving based on the portrait medal of Dürer by Matthes Gebel (see cat.no 11) on the title-page. The block for 'Christ taking leave of his mother' became separated from the others at some point after the 1612 edition and before the remaining blocks for the series were acquired by the British Museum in 1839.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995 London, BM, German Renaissance Prints, no.28
2002-3 London, BM Dürer and his Legacy, no.115
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- Prints and Drawings
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