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Title

Coat of arms with a skull

1503


Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Germany

24 May 1471 - 05 Apr 1528


About

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.


Details


Date

1503


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Edition

i of 2 states


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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

DO9.1963


Artist information

Albrecht Dürer

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history