• Old Master Prints auction at Christies

    Sale 7781

    Old Master Prints

    8 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    Albrecht Dürer

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

    Price Realised  

    Albrecht Dürer
    Saint George on Horseback (B. 54; M., Holl. 56; S.M.S. 41)
    engraving, 1505/08, without watermark, a very good Meder b impression, with the short scratch above the dragon's head, the helmet and halo slightly slipped in the printing, remargined, a tiny skinned area at the lower left corner verso, otherwise in good condition
    P. 108 x 84 mm., S. 111 x 87 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 in Knight, Death and the Devil (lot 21).

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    Provenance

    H. S. Theobald (b. 1847), London (L. 1375).