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Saint Bartholomew Albrecht Dürer

  • Curator’s description:

    Description

    The apostle Saint Bartholomew stands holding a book and the knife with which he was martyred. The engraving is part of an incomplete series of the Apostles on which Dürer worked intermittently from 1514 to 1526.

    Although this print was never named explicitly by Ruskin, it is identified through its presence in the collection, Ruskin's description of its frame containing 'Saints, Nuremberg in the distance', and Cook and Wedderburn's note that the frame contained works dated 1514 (the "Saint Thomas"), 1519 (the "Saint Anthony") and 1523 (this one) (XXI.81, n. 4). The frame of Dürer saints was first catalogued by Ruskin in the first Educational Series catalogue of 1871, where, as no. 33 B, it accompanied other Dürers and Holbeins in Case III, "Illustrations of Northern Gothic, with its resultant Art". In the second Educational catalogue, of 1874, it occupied the same position - although renumbered as 75 - but many of the Dürers had been replaced by Burne-Jones's "Cupid and Psyche" drawings.

  • Details

    Artist/maker
    Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528) (engraver)
    Object type
    print
    Material and technique
    engraving on laid paper
    Dimensions
    122 x 76 mm (sheet); 213 x 169 mm (mount)
    Inscription
    On the print, engraved, on a plaque lower left: 1523 | AD [the 'AD' in Dürer's characteristic monogram]

    On the mount:
    recto, all in graphite:
    top centre: 2
    centre, below the border (recent): St Bartholomew
    below and to the right (recent): B47 | H 45

    Verso, all in graphite in the same (recent) hand:
    top, left of centre: 33.B
    just below: Edu. 75
    a little lower, centre: 33.B
    just below: Edu. 75
    centre, the Ruskin School's stamp
    Provenance

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School to the Ashmolean Museum, c.1949.

    No. of items
    1
    Accession no.
    WA.RS.ED.075.c
  • Subject terms allocated by curators:

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  • References in which this object is cited include:

    References

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21, cat. Educational no. 75

    Bartsch, Adam von, The Illustrated Bartsch, founding editor Walter L. Strauss, general editor John T. Spike (New York: Abaris Books, 1978-), no. 1001.47

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 33.B

    Schoch, Rainer, Mende, Matthias, and Scherbaum, Anna, Albrecht Dürer: das druckgraphische Werk, 3 (Munich/London/New York: Prestel, 2001-2004), no. 96

    Hollstein, F. W. H., German Engravings Etchings and Woodcuts, ca. 1400 - 1700 (Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1954-), cat. vol. VII, p. 41, no. 45

    Meder, Josef, Dürer-Katalog, ein handbuch über Albrecht Dürers stiche, radierungen, Holzschnitte, deren zustände, ausgaben und wasserzeichen (Wien: Gilhofer & Ranschburg, 1932), no. 45

    Bartsch, Adam von, Le Peintre Graveur, 21 vols (Vienna: J. von Degen, 1803-1821), cat. vol. VII, pp. 65-6, no. 47

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 75

Location

    • Western Art Print Room

Position in Ruskin’s Collection

Ruskin's Catalogues

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