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.

Date:

c. 1503

Artist:

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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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Coat of Arms with Lion and Rooster

Origin

Germany

Date

1498–1508

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

182 × 118 mm (image/sheet, trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.938

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