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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 24

    Albrecht Dürer

    The Promenade (B. 94; M., Holl. 83; S.M.S. 19)

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    Albrecht Dürer
    The Promenade (B. 94; M., Holl. 83; S.M.S. 19)
    engraving, circa 1498, a very good Meder c impression, with burr to the clump of grass at lower left, watermark Gothic P (M. 322), trimmed on or just outside the irregular platemark, with one or two very minor touches of pen and ink to the platemark, minor surface dirt and remains of old hinges and paper tape along the sheet edges on the reverse, otherwise in very good condition
    S. 195 x 120 mm.


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    The same quick-growing plant that represented the abundance of nature in the previous woodcut here represents lust and desire, as does the sword, which Dürer places rather unambiguously between the young man's legs. The gallant is walking with his beloved - a married woman - in the countryside. Both are oblivious to Death, who lurks behind a tree in the background, holding an hourglass above his head. This is a modern, moralized version of the early 15th century theme of the Garden of Love, a memento mori and a warning against adultery. It is a more elegant articulation of the ideas portrayed in his very first engraving, The Ravisher (lot 1). But the moralising tone is tinged with sadness that their love and beauty shall not last.

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    Provenance

    K. F. F. von Nagler (L. 2529).
    Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin (L. 1606), with their duplicate stamp (L. 2922).