Northern Renaissance Prints

A man seated on a throne under a canopy on the right looks toward a group of standing figures on the left. A group of soldiers in helmets and armor and spears surround a tall bearded man who stands looking at the seated official. In the distance is a view of a town in a landscape and at the feet of the seated man is a dog.  The print is signed in the block "AD" on the lower left of the recto.
Albrecht Dürer
Christ before Caiphas from "The Small Woodcut Passion"
woodcut print on laid paper
5 in x 3 3/4 in (12.7 cm x 9.53 cm)
Gift of Prof. Eugene and Mrs. Marie Glysson
A group of four men gently lower a figure into a tomb that is placed parallel to the viewer. To the left is a group of mourners with hands clasped.  One female figure kneels at the ledge of the tomb and holds a covered jar.  Behind the figures is a rocky landscape with a fence and guard at the gate in the distance at the left.  An entrance to a cave is indicated on the right, directly behind the tomb, with the use of dense, dark hatching.  At the lower right corner is a circlet of thorny branches.
Albrecht Dürer
The Entombment from "The Small Woodcut Passion"
woodcut print on laid paper
5 in x 3 13/16 in (12.7 cm x 9.68 cm)
Gift of Prof. Eugene and Mrs. Marie Glysson
A group of figures at the left stand in a vaulted space under a cross. They look towards the lower right of the composition where a man holding a standard with a cross on top is bending forward and offering his hand to an old bearded man in an arched doorway. Above the doorway are several fantastical figures with beaked or animal heads and arms with claws. Signed in the block "AD", lower right, recto.
Albrecht Dürer
Christ in Limbo (The Harrowing of Hell) from "The Small Woodcut Passion"
woodcut print on laid paper
5 in x 3 3/4 in (12.7 cm x 9.53 cm)
Gift of Prof. Eugene and Mrs. Marie Glysson
This black and white print depicts an animated and detailed scene of nude figures and mythical beasts on the surface of the sea.Two men, with seaweed hair and riding half horse/half fish creatures, strike out at each other. A man and a woman ride a beast with a scaly body and the head of a fierce dog. In the background, a man holding a trident stands with his back to the viewer. Action and motion are expressed with billowing drapery, flowing hair and moving waves. The wide mouthed expressions of the figures and animals suggest yelling and noise in this chaotic scene. Among the many details depicted by the artist is a plaque held by the woman that has his initials.
Daniel Hopfer
Battle of the Sea Gods
etching on iron on medium, slightly textured light beige laid paper
6 1/4 in. x 9 1/16 in. ( 15.8 cm x 23.02 cm )
Museum Purchase
A crowd of men, rendered as a dense mass of bodies and faces that bristles with pikes and spears, gather before a porch attached to an ornately decorated stone building. A bearded man, wearing rich dress and a turban leans over the balustrade of the porch toward the crowd with his arms outstretched and his hands open as he turns his head to look at the man standing beside him. This sorrowful figure wears only a crown of thorns and a long robe that is partly opened by the man standing behind him to reveal his lean body flecked with drops of sweat or blood.
Albrecht Dürer
Ecce Homo (Large Passion Series)
woodcut on paper
15 ½ in x 11 ¼ in (39.37 cm x 28.58 cm);22 ⅛ in x 18 ½ in (56.2 cm x 46.99 cm)
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At the center of this densely detailed print stands a male figure, nude except for a loincloth, with his hands tied behind him to a column. He is encircled by a crowd of figures, including three men who beat him with whips, switches, and fists. A fourth figure leers at him grotesquely, while another sits on the ground with his feet against the column and pulls the ropes holding their victim. Another figure, wearing elaborate armor, kneels in the foreground as he prepares his switches. Onlookers, some wearing elaborate turbans and robes inspired by Turkish clothing, stand behind the torturers. A crown of thorns sits in the lower right corner and a small dog appears in the center foreground next to the artist's initials.
Albrecht Dürer
The Flagellation (Large Passion Series)
woodcut on paper
15 3/10 in x 10 15/16 in (38.89 cm x 27.78 cm);22 1/16 in x 18 in (56.04 cm x 45.72 cm)
Museum Purchase
A young woman, dressed in long robes with her veil drawn over her head, sits next to a wall holding an infant in her lap. She is turned slightly to her right and gazes sweetly upon the child who twists to face the viewer and holds an apple in his left hand. A stream meanders through the landscape of trees and city walls behind them.
Albrecht Dürer
Madonna by the Wall
engraving on laid paper
5 13/16 x 3.9 in. (14.76 x 10 cm);19 3/8 x 14 3/8 in. (49.21 x 36.51 cm)
Museum Purchase
This engraving depicts a comfortable domestic interior. An old bearded man sits poring over a book at table in the back of the room. A lion and dog rest on the floor in the foreground. Various other objects appear around the room, including a skull, books, slippers, a crucifix, and a pair of scissors.
Albrecht Dürer
St. Jerome in His Study
engraving on laid paper
9.9 x 7 9/16 in. (25.24 x 19.21 cm);9 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (24.77 x 18.73 cm);19 3/8 x 14 1/4 in. (49.21 x 36.2 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Beatrice Bishop Berle
Three grief-striken figures lament over the body of a dead man lying on the ground before them. One of these figures, a robed woman who clasps her hands in agony, leans forward to peer into the face of the dead man, who is rendered with dramatic foreshortening. To the left of this woman sits a long-haired man wiping his eyes while another woman with wild unkempt hair seated next to him raises her arms in abject sorrow. Three nails and a pair of vessels sit in the immediate foreground next to the artist's initials "HGB."
Hans Baldung Grien
The Lamentation
woodcut on paper
8 ¾ in x 6 in (22.23 cm x 15.24 cm);19 ⅜ in x 14 3/10 in (49.21 cm x 36.35 cm)
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
This print offers an expansive vista over a river valley bordered by high mountains in the distance. In the foreground a peasant sits on the ground hammering the blade of his scythe as another man leans against a tree and gazes into the valley. Boats, towns, and villages dot the landscape.
Pieter Brueghel
Solicitudo Rustica (Rustic Cares) from the Large Landscapes after Pieter Bruegel the Elder
etching with engraving on paper
12 13/16 x 16 13/16 in. (32.4 x 42.7 cm);28 1/8 x 22 1/8 in. (71.28 x 56.04 cm);12 13/16 x 16 7/8 in. (32.39 x 42.71 cm)
Museum Purchase
This small print depicts an ornamental pattern composed of curled acanthus leaves and spiralling vines terminating in flowers or buds. The plant ornament forms a symmetrical pattern around a central motif inscribed with the initials "HSB," which are conjoined. This motif is framed by two horn-shaped containers that end in monsters' heads.
Hans Sebald Beham
engraving on paper
1 ½ in x 3 9/16 in (3.81 cm x 9.05 cm);14 ¼ in x 19 ¼ in (36.2 cm x 48.89 cm)
Museum Purchase
A four-poster bed with curtains drawn back within an interior is angled towards the viewer, showing a woman reclined on the bed and attended by numerous figures. A lighted taper is placed in her hands, with assistance of a young man on the left side of the bed. Others of the figures stand or kneel with figures hands clasped in prayer; at the lower left corner are two men kneeling at the foot of the bead looking at a book of prayers. The overall effect is concern and movement around the still figure of the woman.
Israhel Meckenem
Death of the Virgin (reverse copy after Schongauer)
engraving on fine off-white laid paper
9 ¾ in x 6 ⅝ in (24.77 cm x 16.83 cm);19 7/16 in x 14 ⅜ in (49.37 cm x 36.51 cm)
Museum Purchase


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49 Collection Object Sources

The Lamentation (1960/1.168)
Ornament (1960/2.26)
Hercules (1956/1.78)
The Sea Monster (1956/1.74)
Melencolia I (1959/2.90)
The Sea Monster (1970/1.184)
Nativity (2008/2.402)
St. Paul (2005/2.15)
Nativity (2007/2.136)
Christ Disputing (2007/2.135)
Satyr's Family (2007/2.134)
The Last Judgment (2007/2.131)

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