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Saint Christopher

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

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1500

Artist:

Master M.Z.
German, active 1500-50

About this artwork

Master M. Z. often played with dramatic changes in scale. In this engraving, the abrupt contrasts emphasize the gigantic stature of Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, who transports people to safety across a raging stream yet struggles with Christ, who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Dwarfed by the giant saint and his heavy burden, miniscule figures appear in the water, barely discernable at first glance. Two men fight behind Saint Christopher’s tree staff, while near his right leg, a mermaid frolics and a monk heads toward the entrance of a church.

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Prints and Drawings, Gallery 202

Artist

Master M.Z.

Title

Saint Christopher

Origin

Germany

Date

Designed 1495–1505

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

186 × 129 mm (sheet trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1935.378

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