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- Series: Large Passion
Title-page from a series of twelve woodcuts printed by Hieronymus Höltzel in Nuremberg in 1511; half surrounded by clouds, the wounded Christ sitting as the man of sorrows on a stone bench, on the ground the instruments of the Passion; a man kneeling in front of Christ offering him a tree branch, with Latin letterpress text on recto and verso.1511
Woodcut and letterpress
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Height: 198 millimetres (image)
Height: 330 millimetres (text and image)
Width: 193 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the first print in a complete copy of the series printed by Hieronymus Höltzel, Nuremberg, 1511. It consists of a title-page and 11 woodcuts, all with Latin text in hexameter verses letterpress on the verso. 9 This copy is bound together with the series 'Life of the Virgin' (1895-1-22-641 to 660) and the second Latin edition of the 'Apocalypse' series (1895-1-22-580-595), each title-page is signed by a very early owner, N Foucquart, and the album has the bookplate of W Mitchell.
CD: with two watermarks H27 and H 28
Lit: Meder, p.282, XIX (for a general book entry); Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy, BM exh.cat., 2002, no.118a;
Entry from 'Dürer and his Legacy':
'Dürer made seven of the twelve woodcuts of his Large Passion series between 1497 and 1500, and then produced four additional woodcuts, the 'Last Supper', the 'Arrest of Christ', the 'Descent into Limbo' and the 'Resurrection' much later in 1510. In the following year, he published the series in book form with Latin verses composed by Benedict Schwalbe and a title-page design, 'Christ as the Man of Sorrows', at the same time as a second edition of the Apocalypse and the first edition of his Life of the Virgin series. There are a number of references to these three works, "die grossen Bücher" in Dürer 's diary of his journey to the Netherlands in 1520-21 which indicate that he often, but not always disposed of them together (see for example, Conway, pp.97, 100, 109). On one occasion, he exchanged the three for a publication by Martin Luther (Conway, p.123). The signature of a sixteenth-century owner of the present set, N. Foucquart, is inscribed on each of the three title-pages, which indicates that they have remained united from the outset.
This complete book is open at the title-page for the Large Passion. Dürer sold impressions of these prints separately for many years before the book edition and eleven such early impressions, which are distinguished by having no text on the versos, are also shown here, cat. nos 118b-d, following the sequence in which they appear in the book. The difference in Dürer's style and technical achievement between the early prints of the series and those made some ten years later, clearly illustrates the level of his accomplishment. This distinction was even commented on by Giorgio Vasari, who interestingly assumed that the earlier woodcuts, which he considered deeply inferior despite possessing Dürer's monogram, were executed after Dürer's death "for the sake of gain, by other people who were unscrupulous enough to assign them to Albrecht" (see Vasari, V, p.5).
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Associated Title: Passio domini nostri Jesu...per fratrem Chelidonium collecta.cum figuris Alberti Dureri...
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