About this artwork
For this work, Albrecht Dürer produced a drawing of his sitter from life, later turning it into a dramatic black-and-white woodcut. Almost a century later, the same block was reprinted in the Netherlands with two extra tone blocks in order to add color and increase the sculptural qualities of the image. A fashion for chiaroscuro drawings (which feature heightened contrasts of light and dark) in complementary colors likely influenced this choice, as did the fact that the original woodblock was beginning to wear down.
- Albrecht Dürer
- Ulrich Varnbüler
- Made 1522
- Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper with added brown and sepia tone blocks
- 430 × 327 mm (image/sheet, trimmed within platemark)
- Clarence Buckingham Collection