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The Promenade

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (engraved)

  • Date:

    ca. 1498 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    E.4650-1910

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Engraving print on paper; inscribed with the artist's monogram. A young couple walks in the countryside, while unseen by them, death in the form of a skeleton lurks behind a twisted and leafless tree. The couple is a study in youth and beauty: the man stalwart and handsome, wearing a sword and dashing feathered cap; the woman demure, finely dressed and ornamented with an intricately-designed bodice, slashed sleeves and a tall patterned bonnet. The man looks towards his paramour as he gestures towards their path with one hand. To his left is a tall plant with a grassy seed head which may refer to the transience of nature and by analogy to human existence. Behind them, death scowls in their direction, holding aloft another vanitas symbol in the form of an hourglass.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (engraved)

Date

ca. 1498 (engraved)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Engraving print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'AD'
Artist's monogram at bottom middle.

Dimensions

Height: 19.7 cm, Width: 12.1 cm

Descriptive line

The Promenade by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528); engraving

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

Strauss, Walter L., ed. The Illustrated Bartsch 10 (Commentary): Sixteenth Century German Artists, Albrecht Dürer. New York: Abaris Books, 1980. 328 p., ill. ISBN 089835000X. No. 94, pp.209-211.
Heller, Joseph. Das Leben und die Werke Albrecht Dürer. Bamberg: 1827. Vols. 2 & 3 (vol. 1 was not published). No.884.
Meder, Joseph. Dürer-Katalog: Ein Handbuch über Albrecht Dürers Stiche, Radierungen, Holzschnitte, deren Zustände, Ausgaben und Wasserzeichen. Vienna, 1932. No.83.
Dodgson, Campbell. Albrecht Dürer, Numerical Catalogue of the Engravings, Etchings, Dry-Points with Technical Details, London 1926. No.9.
Tietze, Hans and Erika Tietze-Conrat. Kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke Albrecht Dürers. Vol. 1, Augsburg 1928; vol.2, Basel and Leipzig 1937; vol.3, Basel and Leipzig, 1938. No.142.
Panofsky, Erwin. Albrecht Dürer. Princeton 1943. (Addenda in the editions of 1945 and 1948). No.201.
Strauss, W.L. The Intaglio Prints of Albrecht Dürer . New York, 1977. No.20.
Strauss, Walter L., ed. The Illustrated Bartsch 10 (Commentary): Sixteenth Century German Artists, Albrecht Dürer. New York: Abaris Books, 1980. 328 p., ill. ISBN 089835000X. No.84, pp.187-189.
Heller, Joseph. Das Leben und die Werke Albrecht Dürer. Bamberg: 1827. Vols. 2 & 3 (vol. 1 was not published). No.963.
Meder, Joseph. Dürer-Katalog: Ein Handbuch über Albrecht Dürers Stiche, Radierungen, Holzschnitte, deren Zustände, Ausgaben und Wasserzeichen. Vienna, 1932. No.85.
Dodgson, Campbell. Albrecht Dürer, Numerical Catalogue of the Engravings, Etchings, Dry-Points with Technical Details. London 1926. No.17.
Tietze, Hans and Erika Tietze-Conrat. Kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke Albrecht Dürers. Vol. 1, Augsburg 1928; vol.2, Basel and Leipzig 1937; vol.3, Basel and Leipzig, 1938. No.184.
Panofsky, Erwin. Albrecht Dürer. Princeton 1943. (Addenda in the editions of 1945 and 1948). No.191.
Strauss, W.L. The Intaglio Prints of Albrecht Dürer . New York, 1977.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1910, London, Printed for His Majesty’s Stationery Office 1911

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Subjects depicted

Memento mori; Lovers; Hourglasses; Women's dress; Men's dress; Hats; Mortality; Skeletons

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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