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Original engraving printed in black ink on laid paper
Signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram lower center.
A superb Meder “d” (of “k”) 16th century/late lifetime impression, showing the two diagonal lines across the standing dog on the right, with excellent contrasts throughout.
Catalog: Bartsch 57; Dodgson 32; Panofsky 164; Hollstein 60; Meder 60.d; Strauss 34; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 32.d.
14 x 10 3/16 inches
Trimmed down to the platemark on all four sides, expertly flattened vertical and horizontal creases in the sheet with small associated fills, a horizontal printer’s crease running through the leftmost standing dog, backed with medium weight laid paper bearing an 18th century watermark for support.
Literature regarding this artwork: Albrecht Dürer: Master Printmaker, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1971, no. 59, p. 81 (ill.); Giorgio Vasari, Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects (1568), David Campbell Publishers, Ltd, London, 1996, p. 80; Giulia Bartrum, Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy: The Graphic Work of a Renaissance Artist, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 2002, no. 74, p. 141 (ill.); Larry Silver/Jeffrey Chipps Smith, The Essential Dürer, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2010, fig. 3.7. p. 49 (ill.).
Collections in which comparable impressions of this engraving an be found: Germanisches National Museum, Nuremburg; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.