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An image of St Eustace by Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

(Germany 24 May 1471 – 05 Apr 1528)

St Eustace
circa 1501
Media category
Materials used

35.9 x 25.8 cm image/sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed l.c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Not dated.
Purchased 1963
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The subject illustrates the conversion of the pagan Eustace to Christianity while riding with his hounds through the forest. Here he finds God in the form of a stag with a crucifix between its antlers. The print bears witness to Dürer's intense interest and skill in the depiction of nature. Giorgio Vasari particularly admired the various dogs in their different poses. Dürer himself was evidently proud of this print and presented it as a gift on several occasions.

Bibliography (1)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 13.

Exhibition history (5)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1963, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Mar 1964–29 Mar 1964

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

Great collections (2009):