Skip to Content

Prints - German 14th-19th c.

Showing 12 of 158


  FILTER RESULTS
by Artist

Melencolia

1539
16th century
8 cm x 5.2 cm (3 1/8 in. x 2 1/16 in.)

Sebald Beham (Nuremberg, Germany, 1500 - 1550, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, German
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.771

The iconography and composition of this print expressly quote Dürer’s famed engraving of 1514: a winged personification of genius sits listless amid emblems of artistic knowledge and ability, a timeless metaphor for the frustrations of creativity. In Dürer’s engraving, however, knowledge includes mathematics, melancholy is further associated with the traditional symbols of that temperament, and the figure broods. In Beham’s, with the concern more superficial and the plate a tenth the size, the figure rather dozes and charms. This transformation of Dürer’s noble style into exquisite craft is characteristic of his followers in Nuremberg, the so-called Little Masters

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:


Your current search criteria is: Portfolio is "Prints - German 14th-19th c.".

View current selection of records as:
CDWA Lite XML LIDO XML VRA Core 4 MODS XML Objects JSON







Web Privacy Policy | Web Accessibility Policy