The Sudarium Held by One Angel
18.2 cm x 13.3 cm (7 3/16 in. x 5 1/4 in.)
(Nuremberg, Germany, 1471 - 1528, Nuremberg, Germany)
Medium and Support:
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
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.