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The Small Passion

Born in 1471 in the wealthy, commercial city of Nuremberg, Albrecht Dürer apprenticed as a painter and printmaker before setting out on his own in the late 1490s. Travelling across Europe, he quickly garnered a reputation for his immense talents and natural charisma, becoming increasingly popular in Italy where he lived and worked in Venice.

By the 1500s, Dürer had turned his hand from oils to printmaking. Plagued by the pressures his newfound celebrity had placed on painting canvases, the grainy texture of printed ink and the economy of the press drew the artist to wood engraving. Cheap to produce and easily distributed, the woodcut lent itself to popular imagery that could be widely disseminated: thus Dürer's first major project, and today his most celebrated, was the The Small Passion, a suite of images depicting the final days of Christ's life.

Completed between 1509 and 1511, the engraving of the final set of images was undertaken by master craftsmen in Dürer's workshop, apprentices working under the constant and fastidiously strict supervision of the artist himself. Under Dürers watch, and with his occasional contribution to the cutting, the translation of each image from ink drawing to woodblock was immaculate. First published as a complete set in 1511 with Latin text on the reverse, a second edition - from which our prints originate - was produced some 100 years later in Venice, 1612 with the Italian text. Printed from the original woodblocks, they are near indiscernible from the first edition.

Artworks

Dürer - Christ Taking Leave of His Mother

Christ Taking Leave of His Mother

1508-11

Woodcut

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Dürer - Christ's Entry into Jerusalem

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem

1508-11

Woodcut

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Dürer - Christ Washing St Peter's Feet

Christ Washing St Peter's Feet

1508-11

Woodcut

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Dürer - The Agony in the Garden

The Agony in the Garden

1508-11

Woodcut

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Dürer - The Mocking of Christ

The Mocking of Christ

1508-11

Woodcut

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Dürer - The Bearing of the Cross

The Bearing of the Cross

1508-11

Woodcut

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Dürer - The Lamentation

The Lamentation

1508-11

Woodcut

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Dürer - The Entombment

The Entombment

1508-11

Woodcut

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Dürer - The Resurrection

The Resurrection

1508-11

Woodcut

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