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The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Artist:
Albrecht Altdorfer (German, Regensburg ca. 1480–1538 Regensburg)
Date:
1512
Medium:
Woodcut
Dimensions:
Sheet: 8 1/16 × 6 1/8 in. (20.5 × 15.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.54.1
Not on view
The head of the martyred saint is handed over to Salome by the executioner as a crowd looks on. The scene of Saint John the Baptist's beheading occupies only the lower third of the image. For Altdorfer, the architecture and surroundings were clearly just as important as the figures. The composition is a study in perspective, with even the onlookers arranged in a diagonal line that leads to a point just above Salome's head.
Inscription: Dated and signed with artist's monogram in plate, at bottom right: '1512 / AA'
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.; C. G. Boerner, Leipzig, sale 153, May 2-6, 1927, lot 37; Vendor: C. G. Boerner, Leipzig
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Print in the North," May 06, 1997 - July 13, 1997.

Winzinger 60.19(a); New Hollstein 127.w.54; Hollstein I.255.54; Dodgson II.228.53; Bartsch VIII.78.52
Adam von Bartsch Le peintre gravure. 1854-1876, cat. no. VIII.78.52, p. 78.

Campbell Dodgson Catalogue of Early German and Flemish Woodcuts Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum. British Museum, London, 1911, cat. no. II.228.53, p. 228.

F. W. H. Hollstein Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts. vols. 1-64, Amsterdam, 1954–2010, cat. no. I.255.54, p. 255.

Franz Winzinger Albrecht Altdorfer Graphik. Munich, 1963, cat. no. 60.19(a), p. 60.

The New Hollstein German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts 1400-1700. Amsterdam, 1998, cat. no. 127.w.54, p. 127.



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