The Four Horsemen (Apocalypse)

Probably 1497–98
Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch (relief) 064; Meder 167, before the text edition, b

Dimensions

Block: 39.4 x 28.1 cm (15 1/2 x 11 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

M24884

Medium or Technique

Woodcut, proof before text

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

In the Bible, the apostle John’s Book of Revelations (The Apocalypse) describes the first rider as the conqueror, the second war, the third famine, and the fourth death. Dürer’s version of the Apocalypse is made up of 15 woodcuts and a title page whose conceptual and technical qualities revolutionized the graphic arts and impacted art in numerous other media as well.

Markings

watermark: Imperial orb

Provenance

J. H. von Hefner Alteneck (Lugt 1254), M. J. Perry (Lugt 1880); Francis Bullard (Boston, 1862-1913), (Lugt 982); bequest to the MFA February, 1913

Credit Line

Bequest of Francis Bullard