- Museum number
- Object: Melencolia I
Melancholia; a winged woman representing Melancholy wearing a wreath is sitting amongst numerous objects, including a bell, hourglass, scales, and a magic square; with a putto sitting on a grindstone, next to which a dog is sleeping; in the background a bat is flying, carrying a banner with the inscription 'Melencolia I'; in the foreground are carpenter tools and a sphere. 1514
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Height: 240 millimetres (plate-mark)
Height: 250 millimetres (sheet edge)
Width: 188 millimetres
Width: 195 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For recent lit, see P. Doorly, 'Dürer's Melencolia I: Plato's Abandoned Search for the Beautiful', Art Bulletin, June 2004, vol.lxxxvi, no.2, pp.255-276; plus a forthcoming article in Burlington
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1997 Jun-Sep, London, National Gallery, 'Cranach: A Closer Look'
2000/1 Nov-Feb, London, Tate Britain, 'William Blake'
2005 April-July, Seoul Arts Centre, 'BM Treasures...'
2005 July-Oct, Korea, Busan Museum, 'BM Treasures...'
2005/6 Oct-Jan, Daegu, Keimyung Univ.Museum, 'BM Treasures...'
2007 April-July, London, BM, Selection from Dürer gift book
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