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The Sudarium Held by One Angel

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The Sudarium Held by One Angel

1516
16th century
18.2 cm x 13.3 cm (7 3/16 in. x 5 1/4 in.)

Albrecht Dürer (Nuremberg, Germany, 1471 - 1528, Nuremberg, Germany) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, German
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of Susan Thomas in honor of Jonathan Bober's twentieth anniversary as Curator of Prints and Drawings, 2007
Accession Number: 2007.78

An angel holds aloft the veil Veronica used to wipe Christ’s face on his way to Calvary and upon which his features were miraculously preserved. His unusual posture, the fluttering draperies, and the flashing light convey excited movement, therefore spiritual agitation. This print is one of Dürer’s six etchings. These are among the earliest examples of the technique, and the first in which its potential for individual, even eccentric expression was explored. This impression is distinguished by its printing before any corrosion of the plate and its especially rich inking.

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