The First Knot

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. 1507

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Around 1506, Albrecht Dürer designed a series of six ornate woodcuts of labyrinthine designs after a set of engravings by the school of Leonardo da Vinci, which he may have seen or acquired during an early trip to Italy. Though Dürer left them unsigned, possibly because he borrowed their source material, he referred in his diary to giving away his series of knots on a trip to the Netherlands, and this title has become standard. These impressions are printed on a thin, nearly translucent Italian paper, which may have influenced scholars to occasionally interpret them as embroidery patterns.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

The First Knot

Origin

Germany

Date

1507

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

275 × 214 mm (image); 291 × 231 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1929.313

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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