Thank Dürer's genius: the further development of Passion iconography in his famous woodcuts

The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer

Nuremberg (Germany) — 1511

The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer

The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer

Nuremberg (Germany) — 1511

  1. This collection of woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) is a gem of the German Renaissance

  2. Dürer refined the traditional Passion iconography with his own creativity and genius

  3. The twelve black-and-white woodcuts present perfect contrasts of light and shade

The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer

Alternative Titles:
  • La Gran Pasión de Alberto Durero
  • Die große Passion von Albrecht Dürer
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
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  1. Short Description
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Short Description

The Great Passion of Albrecht Dürer is a collection of woodcuts that were made by the famous artist in the time period from 1496 to 1511. The work contains some of the most outstanding depictions that were made by a German Renaissance artist. Today the manuscript of the famous master is found in the Spanish National Library.

The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer was probably the most shimmering example of the Renaissance in Germany. The universally gifted and world-renowned artist significantly influenced various scholarly subjects such as mathematics or art theory. Dürer typically depicted Christian motifs in his paintings, drawings, copperplate engravings, and woodcuts. The Great Passion is an impressive series of twelve woodcuts that show representations from the life of the Savior Jesus Christ. The breathtaking scenes are among the highest quality artworks that Dürer ever made.

Passion—a Christian Term

The “Passion” is typically understood to be the physical and spiritual sufferings that Christ went through in the last days of his earthly life. This theme was especially popular in Germany in 15th and 16th centuries. The church used pictures to tell of the last days in the life of Christ because the majority of the population could neither read nor write. Already in the Middle Ages, a specific iconography of the tale of woe was already elaborated, which was easily recognizable. Albrecht Dürer, as he dedicated himself to the Passion theme, appended his personal and unmistakable additions to the traditional representational motifs.

A Years-Long Work Process

The Great Passion cycle is executed in a woodcut and consists of eleven graphics and a title page. Dürer created his work in two phases. The majority of the woodcuts arose between 1496 and 1500. In the years 1496 to 1498, Dürer created the following dramatic compositions of the Passion: Christ on the Mount of Olives, Flagellation of Christ, Ecce homo, Bearing of the Cross, Christ on the Cross, and The Entombment of Christ*. These graphics were exactly dated by their gifted master. After one of many journeys to Italy (1505-1507), the artist completed the work on his Passion in Nuremberg in 1511, and gave them Latin text on the back sides of the pictures. One recognizes the artistic worth of this fantastic picture cycle among others by the duration that its design required.

An Artistic Masterpiece

The large-format, monumentally effective work about the life and death of Jesus Christ demonstrates the full talent of Albrecht Dürer. The twelve black-and-white woodcuts present perfect contrasts of brightness and darkness, of light and shade. The spatially correct depictions attest to the unbelievable imaginative power of the master. Dürer shows us an idealized Christ in his anatomy. The incomparable masterpiece is found today in the Spanish National Library in Madrid.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
La Gran Pasión de Alberto Durero
Die große Passion von Albrecht Dürer
Size / Format
12 pages / 39.4 x 28.5 cm
Date
1511
Language
Illustrations
12 engravings
Artist / School

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La Gran Pasión de Alberto Durero
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
The Great Passion by Albrecht Dürer – Invent/29844-855 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
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La Gran Pasión de Alberto Durero

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
CM Editores – Salamanca
Limited Edition
375 copies
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