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Melencolia I

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The moody, melancholic temperament was identified in the Renaissance not so much with depression as with exceptional creativity, and thus intellectuals and artists were closely associated with Melancholia. In Dürer's depiction, the brooding, winged figure is surrounded by instruments relating...

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Inscription

various graphite inscriptions on verso "Ag.o" inscription in brown ink, located at bottom right recto

Marks

"P.L" black ink stamp in lower right corner (recto) - Peter Lely Harris stamp in brown ink, bottom left (verso) two mfa stamps (verso)

Provenance

P. Lely (Lugt 2092); Tomás Harris (England, 1908-1964); purchased through P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London by MFA April 10,1968

Credit Line

Museum purchase with a Centennial Gift from Landon T. Clay

Melancholia I

1514

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch (intaglio) 074; Meder 75, II, c(?)

Dimensions

Platemark: 23.9 x 16.8 cm (9 7/16 x 6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

68.188

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