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- 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: 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
2006 Feb-June, Beijing, Capital Museum, 'BM Treasures...'
2007 Feb-June, Taipei, National Palace Museum, 'BM Treasures...'
2007 Sep-Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 'BM Treasures...'
2014 Feb-May, London, National Gallery, 'Strange Beauty'
2017 Sep- Nov, London, King's College, Melancholia - A Sebald Variation
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