110. Albrecht Dürer

Not illustrated
Philipp Melanchthon
(B. 105; M., Holl. 104; S.M.S. 101)
Size: 17.6 × 13.2 cm
Circa 1526

Engraving, a good, warmly printed meder c impression, printing with inky plate edges, watermark Small Jug (M. 158), with thread margins, occasional tiny touches of pen and ink to the platemark, pale staining, two horizontal creases visible on the reverse, otherwise in good condition.

Melanchthon (1497–1560) was an influential Humanist, and close friend of Dürer’s. He completed his studies at the universities of Heidelberg and Tubingen at the age of fifteen. At twenty-one he became professor of Greek at the University of Wittenberg, where he met Martin Luther and became his friend and supporter in the cause of the Reformation. In 1518 and again in 1526 he came to Nuremberg, where he was to establish a new, secular school for the City Council. He owned a large collection of Dürer’s prints.

The inscription reads: Dürer could record Philipp’s looks, but his mind the artist’s hand could not grasp.

Provenance: With P.&D. Colnaghi & Co., London.