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Knot with a Heart-Shaped Shield, from The Six Knots

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Knot with a Heart-Shaped Shield, from The Six Knots

1505-1507
16th century
27.2 cm x 21.1 cm (10 11/16 in. x 8 5/16 in.)

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

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, German
Medium and Support: Woodcut
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.834

Dürer produced six variations of this kind of ornament design, which the artist referred to as “knots.” The designs are literal woodcut copies of engravings thought to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci and executed to by his followers. Although the practical function of these designs remains unclear, they may have been intended as embroidery designs or purely as a kind of decorative puzzle. While Dürer rarely copied other artist’s works so directly, such a complex and challenging design must have been hard to resist for an artist with such relentless curiosity.

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