Knight, Death, and the Devil

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

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

Date:

1513

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer’s masterful engraving encourages the viewer to reflect on the inevitability of their mortality. Lurking behind the knight on his muscular warhorse, the skeletal, deteriorating figure of Death sits astride his aging steed and demonstrates the running hourglass of Time. The juxtaposition of the knight and Death suggests the knight’s impending demise. Despite this Christian soldier’s battle-ready appearance, no amount of armor can protect him (and, by proxy, the rest of humanity) from death, though he shows no outward signs of fear or of temptation by the devil, who follows closely behind.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Knight, Death, and the Devil

Origin

Germany

Date

1513

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

245 × 190 mm (image/plate); 253 × 197 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Robert Alexander Waller Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1959.538

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