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Crucifixion (Round)

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1519

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer engraved this Crucifixion scene on a small golden plate, which likely decorated the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian’s hat or sword hilt. The backward letters INRI (identifying Christ as the so-called King of the Jews) and the switched placement of Mary and John suggest that this impression was pulled from such a plate, the image appearing in reverse as a result of the printing process. Considering the softness of precious metals, gold plates were primarily intended as jewelry rather than as printing matrices. Dürer’s early training with his goldsmith father likely influenced his skill with the burin, especially on this minute scale.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Crucifixion (Round)

Origin

Germany

Date

1519

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

36 × 36 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.951

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