An image of Coat of arms with a skull

Albrecht Dürer

(Germany 24 May 1471 – 05 Apr 1528)

Coat of arms with a skull

Location
Not on display
Further information

This heraldic composition shows the figure of death accosting a young woman dressed in a Nuremberg bridal gown. The figure of death is disguised as wild man (a traditional figure of Germanic folklore) whose true identity is revealed by the skull on his shield. The helmet, with its soaring wings and elaborate tendrils, is a brilliant example of Dürer's virtuosity as an engraver of ornament.

Year
1503
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
21.8 x 15.9 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.centre, [incised plate] "AD/ [artist's monogram] 1503".
Credit
Purchased 1963
Accession number
DO9.1963