Albrecht Dürer is considered one of the greatest printmakers of all time. Working with both woodcuts and engravings, he attained a level of detail that is virtually unsurpassed. Here are four of his most well-known prints.
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The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, woodcut, 1498.
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The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse was part of a volume of woodcuts illustrative of the Apocalypse published by Dürer in 1498. It is considered to represent Dürer's favorable view of the Reformation, with Babylon standing for Rome.
The Knight, Death and The Devil, engraving, 1513.
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Some believe that this, along with the two following engravings, formed part of a series on the four humors (sanguine, melancholy, choleric and phlegmatic). If this is the case, the fourth of the series is lost. This piece is seen as illustrating the sanguine humor.
Melancholia, engraving, 1514.
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The enigmatic Melancholia is one of Dürer's most studied works. The meaning behind the symbolism contained in this print has aroused endless speculation.
St. Jerome in his Study, engraving, 1514.
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St. Jerome in his Study is one of Dürer's most popular engravings. This piece is seen as illustrating the choleric, or meditive, humor.