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Title: Nemesis
Date: c.1501–2
Artist: Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471–1528
Medium: engraving
Edition: ii/ ii
Dimensions:
image: 13 3/16 x 9 1/16 in. (33.5 x 23 cm)
plate: 13 3/16 x 9 1/16 in. (33.5 x 23 cm)
sheet: 13 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (33.7 x 23.2 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 32:1926
Place printed: Germany
Current Location: Not On View
Notes:
In his diary, Dürer referred to this print as Nemesis (goddess of retribution), and the monumental figure’s wings and bridle confirm that identification. With the addition of a globe and celebratory goblet, however, she becomes fused with Fortuna (goddess of fortune). Characteristically, Dürer merged complex source material from antiquity as well as Italian Humanist texts, creating new, often esoteric, subject matter. Most striking pictorially is the distinction between a minutely rendered natural world—an identifiable town—and the pristine divine space above, divided by roiling clouds.
Signed: on recto, in plate, l.r.: A/D [letter D inside of letter A, letters are on a plaque]
Exhibition History
Title: Men, Women, and God: German Renaissance Prints from St. Louis Collections
Date: February 25 - April 27, 1997
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Dürer and his Circle
Date: May 20 – June 29, 1986
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Five Centuries of Master Graphics in the Collection of The Saint Louis Art Museum
Date: December 2, 1977 – March 30, 1979
Venue: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Venue: Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia
Title: Nuremberg: A Renaissance City, 1500-1600
Venue: Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Venue: Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas
Venue: Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery
Title: Prints in the Age of Dürer and Holbein
Date: October 17, 2000 - January 21, 2001
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Masterpieces on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Permanent Collection
Date: April 10, 1992 - June 14, 1992
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Focus on the Collection: Engravings in Renaissance Germany
Date: April 15–July 10, 2011
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publication History
Title: The Intaglio Prints of Albrecht Dürer
Author: Walter L. Strauss
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Albrecht Dürer
Author: Erwin Panofsky
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Title: Dürer-Katalog
Year Published: 1932
Title: Men, Women, and God: German Renaissance Prints from St. Louis Collections
Year Published: 1997
Title: The Masters of Engraving and Etching: Albrecht Dürer
Author: Campbell Dodgson
Title: Five Centuries of Master Graphics in the Collection of the St. Louis Art Museum
Year Published: 1977
Title: Le Peintre Graveur Volume 7
Author: Adam von Bartsch
Title: German Engravings Etchings and Woodcuts, 1400-1700
Year Published: 1954
Title: Albrecht Dürer: das druckgraphische Werk
Year Published: 2001
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
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