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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    Albrecht Dürer

    Saint George on Foot (B. 53; M., Holl. 55; S.M.S. 34)

    Price Realised  

    Albrecht Dürer
    Saint George on Foot (B. 53; M., Holl. 55; S.M.S. 34)
    engraving, circa 1502/03, a very good, clear Meder a/b impression, without watermark, trimmed to the platemark, skilfully remargined and enhanced with pen and ink along the sheet edges, generally in good condition
    P. 113 x 71 mm., S. 115 x 72 mm.


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    Although formally most closely related to the Standard Bearer (lot 43), this engraving is thematically as well as technically a companion piece to Saint George on Horseback (see previous lot). Both representations of saint George are unusual in that they do not show the saintly soldier in battle but in triumph, a variant that first seems to have appeared at the time Dürer created these prints.

    Saint George is shown carrying the standard of the Order of Saint George. Emperor Maximilian strongly supported this order of knights in preparation of a crusade against the Ottoman Empire. Saint George was also Maximilian's patron saint.

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