- Museum number
- Object: Melencolia I
Melancholia; a winged woman representing Melancholy wearing a wreath seated amongst numerous objects, including a bell, an hourglass, scales, and a magic square; a putto seated on a grindstone, next to a sleeping dog; in the background a flying bat, carrying a banner with the inscription 'Melencolia I'; in the foreground, carpenter tools and a sphere. 1514
- Production date
Height: 239 millimetres (trimmed on edge of image)
Width: 186 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; a forthcoming article in Burlington
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1971 BM, Dürer, no.185
1997/8 Nov-Feb, London, NG, 'Holbein's Ambassadors'
2003 Oct-Dec, Tokyo, Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of BM
2004 Jan-Mar, Kobe, City Museum, Treasures of BM
2004 Apr-Jun, Fukuoka, City Museum, Treasures of BM
2004 Jun-Aug, Niigata, Prefectural Mus of Fine Arts, Treasures of BM
2014-15 Sept.- Jan: British Museum, 'Germany: Memories of a Nation'
2017-2018 24 Nov-11 Jan, London, BM, G90a, Sloane & Medicine
2019-2020, 8 Nov-1 Mar, Denmark, Copenhagen, National Museum of Denmark, Germany: Memories of a Nation
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Bequeathed by Joseph Nollekens, subject to a life interest to Francis Douce, 1834.
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