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The Sixth 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.


c. 1507


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.


On View, Gallery 202


Prints and Drawings


Albrecht Dürer


The Sixth Knot


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1507


Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 27.1 × 21 cm (10 11/16 × 8 5/16 in.); Sheet: 28.6 × 22.5 cm (11 5/16 × 8 7/8 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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