KULENOVIC  C o l l e c t i o n - Works on Paper

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Albrecht Dürer 
“ Christ in Limbo fr. Small Passion “ 


As is commonly known, Dürer created three versions of the events of the Passion: the Large Passion, a woodcut version; the Small Engraved Passion, his only engraved version--meant for collectors and connoisseurs; and the Small Passion, also a woodcut series. The print in the collection, Christ in Limbo, is from the last book. Unlike the Large Passion, however, which is a tour de force of Dürer's consummate woodcutting skills, the smaller Passion is a homelier view of the trials of Christ. It was meant to appeal to the very devout and focuses on the more emotional side of the Passion. It was also reduced to create a book of more manageable proportions.

Albrecht Dürer (May 21, 1471 - April 6, 1528) was a German painter, printmaker and theorist from Nuremberg. His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Renaissance in Northern Europe ever since. His well-known works include the Apocalypse woodcuts, Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium. Dürer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, have secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatise which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions.