Calvary

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1503–04

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer described this deceptively simple image of Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion as one of his “schlechtes Holzwerk,” his “plain” or “homely woodcuts.” Yet the number of figures represented, the receding landscape, and the pathos embodied by the swooning Virgin Mary and the kneeling Mary Magdalene exceed the artist’s own modest assessment of the work. In comparison with earlier woodcuts, especially the quickly produced book illustrations undertaken in Wolgemut’s workshop, the woodblock must have been cut particularly closely to the artist’s own design. While busier than Dürer’s monumental Passion woodcuts from the same period, this moving woodcut hints at the artist’s past and future.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Calvary

Origin

Germany

Date

1503–1504

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

219 × 150 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. C. Phillip Miller

Reference Number

1959.527

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