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Melencolia I

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    1514 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 9, box F

Physical description

Melanchola sits in front of a structure holding a compass. A dog lies at her feet and a cherub sits nearby writing on a slate. Round about on the floor are strewn a large block of stone, a large ball, a plank of wood and a number of tools such as saw, hammer, anvil, nails, also a telescope and plant pot. Against the wall of the structure rests a ladder, and scales, hourglass and a bell hang from the wall. On the wall is a plaque with numbers laid out in a square grid. In the background is a town on the edge of the sea, which is lit up by the sun and rainbow.

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, printed)


1514 (printed)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'AD / 1514'
Signed and dated


Height: 24.1 cm sheet, cut to, Width: 19 cm sheet, cut to

Descriptive line

Engraving. Albrecht Dürer. Melancholy, 1514.


Paper; Printing ink



Subjects depicted

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


Printmaking techniques


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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