• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7747

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    17 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 11

    Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

    Saint Sebald in a Niche (B. app. 21; M. p. 196; S.M.S. 251)

    Price Realised  

    Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
    Saint Sebald in a Niche (B. app. 21; M. p. 196; S.M.S. 251)
    woodcut, 1518, watermark Arms of Nuremberg (similar to M. 211), a good Meder b impression, with fine relief verso, a curved unprinted line at lower right, with margins, a small foxmark in the saint's cloak, another pale foxmark at upper left, with the usual horizontal drying fold mainly visible verso, generally in very good condition
    B. 298 x 210 mm., S. 313 x 220 mm.


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    Previously considered the work of a pupil of Albrecht Dürer, possibly Hans Springinklee, Matthias Mende now firmly and convincingly attributes this woodcut to Dürer himself.
    Saint Sebald is a patron saint of the city of Nuremberg. The church of Saint Sebald, a model of which he carries in the present woodcut, holds the relics of hermit and has dominated the northern side of the city for centuries. The church is only a few steps away from the place where the artist was born, and where he lived and worked for most of his life. It was here that Dürer was baptised, where he married and where most of his family was buried.

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