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An image of Coat of arms with a skull by Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

(Germany 24 May 1471 – 05 Apr 1528)

Title
Coat of arms with a skull
Year
1503
Media category
Print
Materials used
engraving
Dimensions

21.8 x 15.9 cm image/sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.centre, [incised plate] "AD/ [artist's monogram] 1503".
Credit
Purchased 1963
Accession number
DO9.1963
Location
Not on display
Further information

This heraldic composition shows the figure of death accosting a young woman dressed in a Nuremberg bridal gown. The figure of death is disguised as wild man (a traditional figure of Germanic folklore) whose true identity is revealed by the skull on his shield. The helmet, with its soaring wings and elaborate tendrils, is a brilliant example of Dürer's virtuosity as an engraver of ornament.

Exhibition history (3)

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

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