Albrecht Durer Etching “The Adoration of the Magi”
One of my two favorite etching / engraving artists of all times. The vast majority of imagery we associate today with biblical beliefs comes from the engravings of Albrecht Duhrer. He took the written word of the bible and created incredible engravings based upon his interpretation of said word.
This particular scene shows the adoration of the Baby Jesus by the wise men after his birth. If you look in the foremost post you will see the year 1511 when Dürer originally produced this piece. In the lower right hand corner in the stone you see the artist’s initials AD transposed over each other.
Although very difficult to tell the exact age I am estimating this piece to have been made at some point in the 1800’s. Important note: A lot of people will initially pass from this piece because it’s not an original from the artists own hand (1511); however Dürer’s reproduction engravings still have significant value. An original Dürer from his time period typically starts at a quarter of a million dollars and goes up in price from there.
Albrecht Dürer (German) ; 21 May 1471 – 6 April
1528) was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance.
Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across
Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints.
He was in communication with the major Italian artists of his time, including
Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, and from 1512 he was
patronized by Emperor Maximilian I. Dürer is commemorated by both the
Lutheran and Episcopal Churches.
Dürer’s vast body of work includes engravings, his preferred technique in his
later prints, altarpieces, portraits and self-portraits, watercolours and books.
The woodcuts, such as the Apocalypse series (1498), are more Gothic than the
rest of his work. His well-known engravings include the 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
also 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, has secured his reputation
as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is
reinforced by his theoretical treatises, which involve principles of mathematics,
perspective, and ideal proportions. (As borrowed from Wikipedia).
12in tall x 9in wide