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Bookplate of Willibald Pirckheimer

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.




Master I.B. (possibly Georg Pencz; German, c. 1500-1550)
after Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

About this artwork

This engraved bookplate was made for Albrecht Dürer’s best friend, the Nuremberg humanist Willibald Pirckheimer. The artist created a circular preparatory drawing of an allegory of three women pounding a heart on an anvil in 1528. When Dürer died prematurely that year, leaving the work unfinished, his student the Master I. B. adapted it into the final printed design. Pirckheimer used the print as an ex libris along with Dürer’s portrait of him at least once, in a 1502 edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy (Terze Rime) now at the New York Public Library.


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Prints and Drawings


Master I.B.


Bookplate of Willibald Pirckheimer


Germany (Artist's nationality)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Signed and dated, recto lower center, in plate: “15.I.B.29”; inscribed center left and right, in plate: “SPES TRIBVLATIO INVIDIA TOLERANTIA” (Hope Tribulation Envy Toleration)


Image/plate/sheet: 15 × 8.5 cm (5 15/16 × 3 3/8 in.)

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John H. Wrenn Endowment

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