The Arms of the Family Kress von Kressenstein

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

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  • A work made of woodcut on ivory laid paper.

Date:

after 1530

Artist:

Nuremberg School
German, 16th century

About this artwork

The authorship of this massive and vivid woodcut coat of arms has long eluded scholars. The crowning peacock feathers are an armorial augmentation bestowed on the family by Emperor Charles V in 1530. They prove that the famous Albrecht Dürer, who died in 1528, did not create the print. Indeed, the Nuremberg Kress family likely commissioned this ephemeral shield from one of his followers. The print was meant to be painted; the Kress heraldic colors included red, silver, and black. The dagger superimposed on the main shield would have been particularly striking against a rich red and silver filigreed backdrop.

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Artist

Nuremberg School

Title

The Arms of the Family Kress von Kressenstein

Origin

Germany

Date

1530–1600

Medium

Woodcut on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

322 × 270 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1929.319

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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