Descent from the Cross

Descent from the Cross
Durer, Albrecht Descent from the Cross from 'The Small Passion' c. 1508-1510 B. 42; M. 151 5 1/8" x 3 15/16" Woodcut on laid paper with narrow margins or trimmed just outside or to the borderline. Signed in the block with the monogram of the artist lower left. One of thirty-six woodcuts from the Small Passion. An impression before the 1511 Latin text edition. Durer originally illustrated the cycle with the text by Benedict Schwalbe (Benedict Chelidonius) who died in 1521. Bendedict was also a friend of Willibald Pirckheimer (Durer's life-long friend), a Benedictine theologian from a nearby monastery. The Small Passion cycle is Durer's longest series of woodcuts and the best known of his series during the sixteenth century. The woodcuts were designed with a simpler, more direct treatment of subjects and they were executed in a more uniform style. Thirty-five of the retired wood blocks for the Small Passion cycle were acquired by the British Museum in 1839. The frontispiece, The Man of Sorrows (B.16, M.125) is the only wood block that is not in existence.
Title
Descent from the Cross
Artist
Dürer, Albrecht
Reg#
387609
Size
5 " x 3 7/8"
Medium
Woodcut
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