About this artwork
Albrecht Dürer’s imaginary coat of arms is one of the Art Institute’s finest impressions, with a great delicacy of line and range of tonal values and textures. Though he produced a number of literal portraits as well as abstract family crests, Dürer’s over-the-top treatment of the flowing drapery, and the seemingly living symbols—crowing rooster, and lion rampant— on the crest and shield suggest the artist enjoyed taking a stale iconographic convention to its extremes.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Albrecht Dürer
- Coat of Arms with Lion and Rooster
- Germany (Artist's nationality)
- Made 1498–1508
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- Image/sheet, trimmed within platemark: 18.2 × 11.8 cm (7 3/16 × 4 11/16 in.)
- Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.