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Sudarium Displayed by Two Angels

A work made of engraving in black on off-white laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on off-white laid paper.

Date:

1513

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

The impression of Christ’s sweat is said to have formed the original Sudarium when a widow wiped his brow as he paused on the way to his death at Golgotha. This relic and portrait made its way to Rome, and when it came in contact with other cloths, those too bore Christ’s image, in a proliferation that can be seen as a metaphor for the printmaking process. Viewers saying the prayer Salve Sancta Facies (Hail Holy Face) while contemplating the original relic were said to receive indulgences reducing their stay in Purgatory by twenty thousand years. Reciting the prayer before Dürer’s Sudarium could produce similar results.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Sudarium Displayed by Two Angels

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1513

Medium

Engraving in black on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

99 × 138 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1462

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