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Coat of Arms with Lion and Rooster

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

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.


c. 1503


Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer’s imaginary coat of arms is one of the Art Institute’s finest impressions, with a great delicacy of line and range of tonal values and textures. Though he produced a number of literal portraits as well as abstract family crests, Dürer’s over-the-top treatment of the flowing drapery, and the seemingly living symbols—crowing rooster, and lion rampant— on the crest and shield suggest the artist enjoyed taking a stale iconographic convention to its extremes.


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Albrecht Dürer


Coat of Arms with Lion and Rooster


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1498–1508


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image/sheet, trimmed within platemark: 18.2 × 11.8 cm (7 3/16 × 4 11/16 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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