Young Woman Attacked by Death (The Ravisher)

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

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Young Woman Attacked by Death (The Ravisher)

Origin

Germany

Date

1490–1500

Medium

Engraving in black on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1952.1109

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