Furnished with 36 woodcuts: one of Albrecht Dürer's most successful works in one of the most popular Passion texts of all time

Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511

Nuremberg (Germany) — 1511

Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511

Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511

Nuremberg (Germany) — 1511

  1. Published in 1511 by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), the greatest artist of the German Renaissance

  2. A 16th century bestseller so popular, it had to be reprinted multiple times

  3. The book’s 36 woodcuts inspired other works like the *Golf Book of Hours* by Simon Bening (c. 1483–1561)

Albrecht Dürer - La Piccola Passione xilografica - Norimberga 1511

Albrecht Dürer - Small xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511

The Flagellation

Focusing in on the torsos of Christ and the two men who are flagellating him allows us to appreciate the naturalism of Dürer’s art. Christ is stripped to the waist, revealing the muscled physique of an ancient carpenter enduring his beating like an oak tree in a storm. Their arms simultaneously raised with scourges in hand, the Roman legionaries are similarly impressive, a reflection of their famously brutal training and demanding lifestyle.

Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511

Alternative Titles:
  • Albrecht Dürer - La Piccola Passione xilografica - Norimberga, 1511
  • Albrecht Dürer - Kleine xylographische Passion - Nürnberg, 1511
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

This impressive work dedicated to the Passion of the Christ originated from the greatest artist of the German Renaissance. In 1511, Albrecht Dürer published his woodcut series of the so-called Small Passion as a book, which was published by Hieronymous Höltzel in Nuremberg. With his Passion, Albrecht Dürer created a great attestation to the religiosity associated with the Passion in the Late Middle Ages and a significant work of art history, which has not forfeited any of its fascination to this day.

Albrecht Dürer - Small Xylographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511

This impressive work dedicated to the Passion of the Christ originated from the greatest artist of the German Renaissance. In 1511, Albrecht Dürer published his woodcut series of the so-called Small Passion as a book, which was published by Hieronymous Höltzel in Nuremberg. With his Passion, Albrecht Dürer created a brilliant attestation to the religiosity associated with the Passion in the Late Middle Ages and a significant work of art history, which has not forfeited any of its fascination to this day.

The Greatest Artist of the German Renaissance

Albrecht Dürer was undertaking a grand tour of Italy from 1505 to 1507 and gathered formative impressions for his own art in the Promised Land of the Renaissance. Once returned from Italy, he busied himself with religious subjects such as the life of Mary, the Passion of the Christ, and the Apocalypse. Finally in 1511, Dürer published four series of religious woodcuts in book form, the famous Small Passion among them. The book has 36 full-page woodcuts concerning the theme of the Passion of the Christ, as the title already indicates. This is consistent with a period in the Late Middle Ages when religiosity associated with the Passion was widespread and the Passion was also a popular artistic theme. In private devotion and prayer with the striking images directly before their eyes, the faithful were intended to immerse themselves in the so-called “compassio” and empathize with Christ’s suffering directly. Dürer’s Small Passion became a true bestseller largely due to the theme’s great popularity and was continuously reprinted into the 20th century.

The Passion of the Christ in Brilliant Imagery

36 woodcuts and a title page give the beholder an understanding of the Passion story. Albrecht Dürer, who was already recognized by his contemporaries as a highly-talented graphic artist, particularly for his 1498 woodcut series on the Apocalypse, followed the traditional iconography, and yet conveyed his own unmistakable and perfected style. The series begins with the Fall of Man and the expulsion from paradise. After that comes the actual Passion through the death of Christ, the Resurrection, and the Ascension. Dürer additionally inserts some scenes from Genesis and the childhood of Christ into his series. The scene of Judgement Day serves as the last page of the series.

A Modern Book ca. 1500

The woodcuts (also called xylography) with the visual representations are always printed on the right page of the book. The woodcuts of the Small Passion measure 127 x 98 mm (in comparison to the Great Passion measuring 400 x 300 mm). The great popularity of the work would lead to their being reprinted in Venice with Italian text in 1612.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Albrecht Dürer - La Piccola Passione xilografica - Norimberga, 1511
Albrecht Dürer - Kleine xylographische Passion - Nürnberg, 1511
Size / Format
84 pages / 21.0 x 15.0 cm
Date
1511
Language
Illustrations
36 woodcut plates, plus the title page
Artist / School
Albrecht Dürer - La Piccola Passione xilografica - Norimberga 1511

Albrecht Dürer - Small xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511

The Flagellation

One of the most iconic scenes of the Passion is presented here in a combination of masterful architecture and grim faces. Christ stands tied to a column stripped to the waist as two soldiers flog him, stripped of their armor to free their movements, while richly dressed Pharisees smugly look on with crossed arms.

Christ is calm and composed, portrayed in profile, but his floggers’ faces are grotesque, even demonic, with dark eyes. The perfection of the architectural perspective contrasts sharply with the disheveled appearance of Christ’s oppressors. A third soldier, portrayed in profile with ape-like facial features, points to Dürer’s iconic “AD” monogram engraved at Christ’s feat, implying the guilt of the artist and all sinners in the suffering of the Redeemer.

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511“

Albrecht Dürer - La Piccola Passione xilografica - Norimberga 1511
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
Albrecht Dürer - Small Xilographic Passion - Nuremberg, 1511 – Private Collection
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Albrecht Dürer - La Piccola Passione xilografica - Norimberga 1511

1 volume: This facsimile is not complete.
Publisher
Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte – Modena, 2011
Limited Edition
199 copies + 26 copies (A to Z)
Binding
Leather with a frame engraved on the plates
Commentary
1 volume by Mauro Bini
Language: Italian
More Information
Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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