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Melencolia I

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (engraved)

  • Date:

    1514 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dürer, Albrecht, born 1471 - died 1528 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EL, shelf 82, box B

Physical description

Print, 'Melencolia I', engraving signed 'AD and dated 1514

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (engraved)


1514 (printed)


Dürer, Albrecht, born 1471 - died 1528 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'AD / 1514'
Signed with monogram and dated

In ribbon within image


Height: 238 cm, Width: 189 cm

Descriptive line

'Melencolia I', engraving by Albrecht Dürer, Germany, 1514

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bartsch, Adam, Le Peintre-Graveur. Vienna, 1803-1821. No. 74
Dodgson, Campbell, The Masters of Engraving and Etching: Albrecht Dürer. London, 1926. No. 73
Meder, Joseph. Dürer-Katalog: Ein Handbuch über Albrecht Dürers Stiche, Radierungen, Holzschnitte, deren Zustände, Ausgaben und Wasserzeichen. Vienna, 1932. No. 75 (2nd state)
Panofsky, Erwin. The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer. Volume II, Princeton, 1943. No. 181



Subjects depicted

Tools; Magic squares; Stars; Ladders; Nails; Angels; Robes; Hourglasses; Melancholy; Buildings; Dogs; Spheres; Figures; Rainbows; Laurel wreaths; Saws; Protractors; Scales; Wings; Putti; Solids (geometric); Planes




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