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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 54

    Albrecht Dürer

    Saint George on Horseback (B. 54; M., Holl. 56; S.M.S. 41)

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    Albrecht Dürer
    Saint George on Horseback (B. 54; M., Holl. 56; S.M.S. 41)
    engraving, 1505/08, a fine Meder b impression, printing with the scratches above the dragon's head and fine horizontal wiping marks elsewhere, without watermark, with 4-5 mm. margins, enhanced with pen and ink along the platemark, otherwise in very good condition
    P. 108 x 84 mm., S. 118 x 93 mm.

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    Saint George was a Roman soldier and early Christian martyr. His identification as dragon slayer is the result of medieval hagiography and was firmly established by Jacobus de Voragine's Legenda Aurea. He is the model of the Christian soldier and was particularly revered during the Crusades. Within Dürer's printed work, he is, of course, a precursor to the Knight, Death and the Devil (lot 99).

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    K. F. F. von Nagler (L. 2529).
    Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin (L. 1606), with their de-accession stamp (L. 2482).
    F. Somary (his stamp verso, not in Lugt).