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Coat-of-Arms of Death

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The mysteries of love and death, youth and old age, are recurrent themes in Dürer's early work. A wild man, supporting a shield that displays a skull, accosts a younger woman dressed in Nuremberg dance costume and bridal crown. The full extent of Dürer's mastery of the engraver's burin is...

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Inscription

"AD, 1503" in plate; On verso, "101" on verso, bottom left, "a48562" bottom left, and "30B" bottom right in graphite; FB stamp in brown ink; RF stamp with bird in purple ink

Marks

no visible watermark

Provenance

R. Fisher (Lugt 2204); F. Bullard (1862-1913), Boston (Lugt 982); William Norton Bullard, Boston; gift to MFA April 1923

Credit Line

Gift of William Norton Bullard

1503

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch (intaglio) 101, Fine; Meder 98b

Dimensions

Platemark: 22.0 x 15.6 cm (8 11/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.976

Medium or Technique

Engraving

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