The Abduction of Proserpine on a Unicorn

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

Date:

1516

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

This is one of only six experiments by Dürer in the early art of etching and, reflecting the roots of that technique in armor decoration, is made on an uncompromising iron (rather than copper) plate. The composition, with its insistent linear background competing with the calligraphic freedom of the principal figures, represents Dürer’s most mature printmaking style and his efforts to achieve an overall tonal unity.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

The Abduction of Proserpine on a Unicorn

Origin

Germany

Date

1516

Medium

Etching in black on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

314 x 212 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1980.359

Extended information about this artwork

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