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Title(s):

The Whore of Babylon 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

Technique:

woodcut

Material(s):

black carbon ink; medium
laid paper; support

Dimension(s):

height, image, 392, mm
width, image, 281, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1873; Kerrich, Richard Edward

Provenance:

Collection of Rev. Thomas Kerrich; by descent to Rev. Richard Edward Kerrich

Notes:

From the 1511 Latin edition of the Apocalypse with the letterpress text of chapter twenty-two on the reverse. The image of the whore who is that great city Babylon derives from chapter seventeen, the destruction of the city from chapter eighteen, and the horsemen in the heavens from chapter nineteen. Some of the figures were influenced by the woodcut in the 1483 Koberger Bible, although Dürer used his own drawing of the costume of a wealthy Venetian woman, made in 1495, for the costume of the whore. The sumptuous lobed cup (of impurity) is typical of those made by Nuremberg metalsmiths. The monk kneeling in devotion to the whore is typical of the anti-clerical (anti-Roman) vein in Dürer's series.

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; 73
Illustrated Bartsch; 73
Illustrated Bartsch Commentary; .273
Meder; 177
Hollstein (German); 177 (3)
Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum; 125

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.)

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

Opening Exhibition (Cambridge Plate). 1975-08
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.3303-R; The Torture of St John the Evangelist
P.3304-R; The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks
P.3051-R; The Four horsemen of the Apocalypse
P.3305-R; St. John before God and the Elders
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.23-1983; St John Devouring the Book
P.3316-R; St John Devouring the Book
P.3317-R; The Apocalyptic Woman
P.3318-R; St. Michael Fighting the Dragon
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.3319-R
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 99021; input: 2004-06-07; modified: 2013-01-04)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/99021