311. [German]

DÜRER, Albrecht

St Anthony reading.

Nuremberg, 1519

Engraving, 10,1 x 14,3 cm, laid paper with watermark (Briquet 14993 or 14752), signed and dated in the plate (trimmed to the platemark, sm. defect to paper at upper center).

Stuck under passe-partout. Good, sl. grey impression.

This small print shows St Anthony seated on the ground, stooping forwards to read a little book. His pilgrim’s hat lies to his left, and his symbols, a cross and a bell, are placed to his right. A looming landscape in the background echoes the saint’s pose. The scene is one of calm concentration and Dürer has captured the saint’s absorbed mood by suggesting that he is absent-mindedly flexing his toes as he reads. Possibly a contemporary copy after Dürer.
Ref. Meder 51-b. - Bartsch 58. - Mende 87.

€ 400 / 500

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