Bearing of the Cross (Large Passion)

1498–99
Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch (relief) 010; Meder 119, 1511 edition with Latin text, contemporary hand coloring

Dimensions

Block: 39.7 x 28.5 cm (15 5/8 x 11 1/4 in.) Sheet: 40 x 28.8 cm (15 3/4 x 11 5/16 in)

Accession Number

68.275

Medium or Technique

Woodcut, hand-colored with watercolor and gilding

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

1511 edition


In Dürer’s era and afterward, the tonal and textural variations achieved in a black-and-white woodcut through hatching and cross-hatching satisfied many collectors. Others, however, prefer colored impressions, such as this one completed in watercolor with touches of gold by a professional illuminator of Dürer’s time. It has the appearance of a small painting or illuminated manuscript.

Signed

lower center: [Dürer's monogram]

Markings

watermark: flower and triangle (M.127)

Provenance

Earl of Pembroke collection. Tomás Harris (b. 1908 - d. 1964), London. 1968, sold by P & D Colnaghi & Co., London, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1968)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a gift of the Estate of George R. Nutter