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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 26

    Albrecht Dürer

    The Dream of the Doctor (B. 76; M., Holl. 70; S.M.S. 18)

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    Albrecht Dürer
    The Dream of the Doctor (B. 76; M., Holl. 70; S.M.S. 18)
    engraving, circa 1498, a fine Meder a impression, with very good contrasts, without watermark, trimmed inside the platemark, the fillet of blank paper outside the borderline made up with utmost skill, with touches of pen and ink in places along the borderline, the sheet otherwise in remarkably fine, fresh condition
    S. 190 x 122 mm.

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    Resting on soft cushions by a stove, a man has fallen asleep, whilst a devil or demon blows sinful thoughts into his ear. In his lustful dreams, Venus herself tempts him while little Amor tries to walk on stilts and has cast aside a toy ball. The moral lessons are obvious; sloth leads to lust, and love is fickle. The so-called Dream of the Doctor is a secular version of the Fall of Man, complete with the apple resting on the stove, and Venus is closely related to Eve in the famous engraving of Adam and Eve (lot 61). There is a charm and light-heartedness about this print which does not quite seem to support the moral rigour of its message.

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