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.
i of 1 state
35.9 x 25.8 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed lower c., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 5 exhibitions
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):
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 06 Feb 2009–15 Mar 2009
- Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo 03 Apr 2009–10 May 2009
Referenced in 1 publication
Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, p 13.