Albrecht Dürer (German, 14711528)
Oil on wood; 22 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (58.1 x 47 cm)
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.64)
Devotional images of Christ as Salvator Mundi, or Savior of the World, were especially popular in Northern Europe. Christ raises his right hand in blessing and in his left holds an orb representing the earth. Dürer probably began this painting shortly before he departed for Italy in 1505, but completed only the drapery. His meticulous preparatory drawing on the panel is visible in the unfinished portions of Christ's face and hands.