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.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Master I.B.
- Bookplate of Willibald Pirckheimer
- Germany (Artist's nationality)
- 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.)
- John H. Wrenn Endowment