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Title(s):

The Torture of St John the Evangelist The Apocalypse

Maker:

Dürer, Albrecht; printmaker; German artist, 1471-1528

Category:

print

Name:

print

Date:

circa 1511

School/Style:

German

Production
Note:

Latin Edition of 1511. Second State.

Technique:

woodcut

Material(s):

black carbon ink; medium
laid paper; support

Dimension(s):

height, image, 390, mm
width, image, 280, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1873; Kerrich, Richard Edward

Provenance:

Collection of Rev. Thomas Kerrich

Notes:

From the 1511 Latin edition of the Apocalypse with the letterpress text of chapters one and two on the reverse. This scene is not in the Book of Revelation; indeed it is arguable whether John who wrote the text was actually John the Evangelist. The story of how Saint John the Evangelist came to Rome and emerged unharmed when thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil in front of the Porta Latina is itself apocryphal, although the feast day was on the general calendar of the Roman church until 1960. The legend told in the Golden Legend was retold in Koberger's Passional oder der Heiligen Leben (Nuremberg, 1488). Dürer was influenced by the woodcut in the 1483 Koberger Bible (see photo) and possibly also by the 1485 Grüninger Bible. The depiction of the Emperor Domitian derives from Dürer's drawing of a Turk made in Venice, thus identifying the contemporary threat of Islam to Christendom with pagan Rome=s oppression of Christians.

Acquisition Credit:

Bequeathed by the Rev. R. E. Kerrich 1872 (received 1873)

Inscription(s):

inscription; verso; printed; Latin verse
monogram; image lower centre; printed; AD

Alternative
Number(s):

Bartsch; 61
Illustrated Bartsch; 61
Illustrated Bartsch Commentary; .261
Meder; 164
Hollstein (German); 164 (2b)
Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum; 112

Exhibition(s):

Engravings and woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). 1950-01 - 1950-03
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Exhibited at The Fitzwilliam Museum : September 1914. 1914-09
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK

Exhibited at The Fitzwilliam Museum : Easter Term 1911. 1911
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK

Apocalypse: Prints by Dürer and Duvet. 1999-10-05 - 2000-03-19
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK

Apocaylpse : Durer and Duvet. 1984-03-08 - 1984-06-24
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK

Related Object(s):

P.3301-R; The Apocalypse, Title Page.
P.3302-R; The Apocalypse, Title Page.
P.3304-R; The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks
P.3305-R; St. John before God and the Elders
P.3051-R; The Four horsemen of the Apocalypse
P.3306-R; The Opening of the Fifth and Sixth Seals
P.3307-R; The Opening of the Fifth and Sixth Seals
P.3308-R; Four Angels Holding the Winds
P.3309-R; Four Angels Holding the Winds
P.3310-R; The Adoration of the Lamb
P.3311-R; The Adoration of the Lamb
P.3312-R; The Seven Angels with the Trumpets
P.3313-R; The Seven Angels with the Trumpets
P.3315-R; The Four Avenging Angels
P.3314-R; The Four Avenging Angels
P.3316-R; St John Devouring the Book
P.23-1983; St John Devouring the Book
P.3317-R; The Apocalyptic Woman
P.3318-R; St. Michael Fighting the Dragon
P.3319-R; The Whore of Babylon
P.3320-R; The Beast with Two Horns like a Lamb
P.3321-R; The Beast with Two Horns like a Lamb
P.3322-R; The Angel showing John the New Jerusalem

Accession:

Object Number: P.3303-R
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 98987; input: 2004-06-04; modified: 2013-01-04)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/98987