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The Sudarium of Saint Veronica

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

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

Date:

1649

Artist:

Claude Mellan
French, 1598-1688

About this artwork

This virtuoso print replicates the cloth that Saint Veronica used to wipe Christ’s face on the way to his death. The cloth is called a sudarium, a contact relic containing the print-like impression of the savior’s face. Claude Mellan engraved Christ’s portrait in one seemingly unbroken line; the spiral from the center of his nose swirls outward to delineate the fabric. The artist’s way of approaching the swelling engraved line, produced with increased burin pressure, lends the image an abstract quality.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Claude Mellan

Title

The Sudarium of Saint Veronica

Origin

France

Date

Made 1649

Medium

Engraving in black on buff laid paper

Dimensions

433 × 316 mm (plate); 436 × 319 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.4349

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