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Alberti Dureri Noribergensis, Pictorum Germaniae Principis effigies genuina duplex

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    E,3.6

  • Title (object)

    • Alberti Dureri Noribergensis, Pictorum Germaniae Principis effigies genuina duplex
  • Description

    Double portrait of Albrecht Dürer; two whole-length figures standing on either side of a table in front of an archway, surrounded by various instruments associated with Dürer's work as a painter, printmaker and art theorist. c.1628
    Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1628 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 380 millimetres
    • Width: 264 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with Dürer's dates above the arch, lettered 'LABORE ET CONSTANTIA' on the table and lettered with signatures found on the respective painting on which the portrait is based on the tablets at left and right.
        Lettered in lower margin 'ALBERTI DURERI Noribergensis, .... VIVIT POST FUNERA VIRTUS'
        Inscribed on verso in brown ink 'P Mariette 1670'.
  • Curator's comments

    The portraits based on Dürer's self-portraits in the Heller Altarpiece (at l) and the Holy Trinity Altarpiece of 1511 (r).
    See G. Bartrum (ed.), 'Dürer and his legacy', exh. cat., BM, London 1999, cat. 18.

    Entry from Dürer cat:
    'This elaborate composition incorporates two portraits of Dürer surrounded by various instruments associated with his life as a painter, engraver, and theoretician. The figures and objects are positioned in front of a classical arch, which provides a suitably reverential setting and also loosely refers to Dürer's massive woodcut, The Triumphal Arch (cat.no 139). The arch is reflected in the artist's coat of arms, an open door, shown in a shield in the pediment above. The inscription explains that this print in honour of Dürer, 'prince among German painters', was published by Lucas Kilian of Augsburg, and that the two representations of the artist are based on his self- portraits in the Heller altarpiece commissioned for the Dominican church in Frankfurt of 1509 (Anzelewsky 115) and in the altarpiece of the Holy Trinity of 1511 commissioned for the Landauer chapel in the church of All Saints in Nuremberg (today in Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum; Anzelewsky 118). Kilian has incorrectly transcribed the date of this latter painting, seen on a large plaque next to the figure of Dürer, as 1517. His engraving is undated but its commemorative character indicates that it might have been produced in 1628, the centenary year of Dürer's death.'

    For another impression, see E,2.105.

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  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein 177 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (German XVIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    E,3.6

Double portrait of Albrecht Dürer; two WL figures standing on either side of a table in front of an archway, surrounded by various instruments associated with Dürer's work as a painter, printmaker and art theorist.  c.1628  Engraving

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Double portrait of Albrecht Dürer; two WL figures standing on either side of a table in front of an archway, surrounded by various instruments associated with Dürer's work as a painter, printmaker and art theorist. c.1628 Engraving

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