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Young Woman Attacked by Death (The Ravisher)

A work made of engraving in black on off-white laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


c. 1495


Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer produced a number of early prints warning against the pleasures of the flesh, including the Ill-Assorted Couple. Perhaps the most insidious to modern eyes is this seductively velvety engraving. The ravisher’s young victim writhes on a fence much like the one often occupied by the Virgin Mary in other Dürer engravings. Whether she has fallen into the hands of a lusty wild man or Death himself, both her virtue and her life are clearly at stake. In a maelstrom of violent wind, his bony arms reach around her waist and pull tightly at her skirts.


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Albrecht Dürer


Young Woman Attacked by Death (The Ravisher)


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1490–1500


Engraving in black on off-white laid paper


Image/plate: 11.3 × 10.2 cm (4 1/2 × 4 1/16 in.); Sheet: 15.4 × 11.6 cm (6 1/8 × 4 5/8 in.)

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John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

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