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- Series: Small Passion
Thirty-eighth and last plate from the complete, bound series of 37 woodcuts with Latin text, printed by Hieronymus Höltzel in Nuremberg in 1511; impressum and colophon. 1511
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Height: 98 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 100 millimetres (printed area)
- Curator's comments
- This is the thirty-eighth and last plate from a complete copy of the series printed by Hieronymus Höltzel, Nuremberg, 1511, here bound as a book. The book consists of a title-page and 36 illustrations, all with letterpress text on the verso, and this final page with impressum and colophon on the recto.
For further information see Meder 125 (1896-1-25-1-37).
Entry from 'Dürer and his Legacy' exh.cat. BM, 2002-3, no. 114:
'Dürer started work on this series of thirty-seven woodcuts at least two years prior to its publication, as two of the prints are dated 1509 and two 1510 and some early impressions were taken before the series was issued as a book in 1511. The 'Small Passion' is Dürer's longest series of woodcuts and, judging from the large number of impressions printed without text after 1511 the best-known of his series during the sixteenth century. The woodcuts are designed with a simpler, more direct treatment of the subjects than any of the large series, and they are also executed in a more uniform style that either the Large Passion or the Life of the Virgin series, presumably because they were executed over a shorter period of time.
The series was particularly influential and widely copied in a variety of media in France and Italy; further woodcuts from the series are discussed within this context (see cat.nos 207a-k). The engraver Marcantonio Raimondi contributed to the popularity of the 'Small Passion' in Italy with his series of engraved copies which he produced soon after this publication appeared, and a 'Biblia Pauperum' printed in Venice by Giovanandrea Vavassore during the 1530s contains woodcuts directly inspired by the Small Passion (see D.V. Reidy, "Dürer's Kleine Passion and a Venetian Block Book", in The German Book 1450 - 1750; Studies presented to David C.Paisey in his retirement, edited by J.L. Flood and W.A.Kelly, London, 1995, pp.81-93).
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Passio Christi ab Alberto Durer...effigiata cu[m]...carmi nibus...Benedicti Chelidonij...
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