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A large Number of unspecified Woodcuts by Burgkmair, Holbein, and Dürer Hans Burgkmair the Elder

  • Curator’s description:


    As the unframed examples had not been given an order by Ruskin, they have been given arbitrary accession numbers based upon their position in Cook and Wedderburn's list of the unframed objects (XXI.308) for the purposes of the current catalogue.

    The Dürers may have been the following, transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School in the 1960s: "The Agony in the Garden", engraving, 1508 (Engraved Passion, no. 2): Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 46, Meder no. 4 "The Betrayal of Christ", engraving, 1508 (Engraved Passion, no. 3): Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 47, Meder no. 5 "Christ before Caiaphas", engraving, 1508 (Engraved Passion, no. 4): Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 48, Meder no. 6 "Christ on the Cross", engraving, 1508: Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 61, Meder no. 23 "The Virgin on the Crescent Moon with a Diadem", engraving, 1514: Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 72, Meder no. 35 "Sheet of Studies with Five Figures (The Desperate Man)", etching on iron plate, c.1515: Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 79, Meder no. 95 (this has on its verso a weak impression of "The Sudarium, held by an Angel", etching on iron plate, 1516: Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 82, Meder no. 27) "The Agony in the Garden", woodcut, c.1510 (Lesser Passion, no. 11): Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 196, Meder no. 135 "Christ appearing to the Magdalene", woodcut, c.1510 (Lesser Passion, no. 32): Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum no. 217, Meder no. 156

    Of these, the first five have the mount with the double black border found on many of the other Dürer engravings in the collection.

  • Details

    Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473 - 1531) (designer)
    Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528) (designer)
    Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 - 1543) (designer)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    woodcut on laid paper

    Presumably presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford); first recorded in the Ruskin Drawing School in 1906; not recorded in the Drawing School subsequently.

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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    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. Unframed


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