Albrecht Durer Engraving Knight Death & The Devil Vtg Antique 19th C Durand? NR!
This listing is for a print of the 1513 engraving Knight, Death and the Devil by German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528). Based on others we've seen, we estimate this print is from the 19th century. It's in very good condition overall with some light yellowing and is currently framed. The frame shows some wear and the print can be shipped without it to reduce the shipping cost. Please see the photos below to see everything that is included, and contact us with any questions before bidding. We have a low opening bid and no reserve price so don't miss your chance to win!
"Knight, Death and the Devil (German: Ritter, Tod und Teufel), originally titled Rider (Reiter), is a large 1513 engraving by the German artist Albrecht Durer, one of the three Meisterstiche (master prints) completed during a period when he almost ceased to work in paint or woodcuts to focus on engravings. The image is infused with complex iconography and symbolism, the precise meaning of which has been argued over for centuries.
"An armoured knight, accompanied by a faithful and loyal dog, rides through a narrow gorge flanked by a goat-headed devil and the figure of death riding a pale horse. Death's rotting corpse holds an hourglass to remind the knight of the shortness of life. The rider moves through the scene ignoring or looking away from the creatures lurking around him. He appears to be almost contemptuous of the threats, and is often seen to be a symbol of courage; the knight’s armor, the horse which towers in size over the beasts, the oak leaves and the fortress on the mountaintop are symbolic of the resilience of faith, while the knight's plight may represent Christians' earthly journey towards the Kingdom of Heaven.
"The work was mentioned by Giorgio Vasari as one of "several sheets of such excellence that nothing finer can be achieved". It was widely copied and had a large influence on later German writers. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche referenced the work in his work on dramatic theory The Birth of Tragedy (1872) to exemplify pessimism, while it was later idealised in the 20th century by the Nazis as representing the racially pure Aryan, and was sometimes used in their propaganda imagery."
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