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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.

Date:

c. 1495

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Young Woman Attacked by Death (The Ravisher)

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1490–1500

Medium

Engraving in black on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

113 × 102 mm (image/plate); 154 × 116 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1952.1109

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