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Ulrich Varnbüler

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper with added brown and sepia tone blocks.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper with added brown and sepia tone blocks.

Date:

1522, printed c. 1620

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
printed by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (Dutch, 1571-1638)

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.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Ulrich Varnbüler

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1522

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper with added brown and sepia tone blocks

Dimensions

430 × 327 mm (image/sheet, trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1939.2080

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