The Circumcision



Albrecht Durer, German, 1471 - 1528


The Circumcision




ca. 1505, 1511 edition


11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (29.8 x 20.9 cm)

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Albrecht Durer was the greatest and most innovative printmaker of the Renaissance. A native of Nuremberg, Germany, he had established an international reputation by the beginning of the sixteenth century with the publication of three woodcut series, including the Life of the Virgin. In Durer's hands the woodcut came to rival the technique of engraving in its subtle modeling and intricate detail. The narrative sophistication of his prints repaid extended contemplation on the part of the viewer, and his work was avidly collected by connoisseurs and widely copied by contemporary artists.
The Life of the Virgin

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Loeb


Prints by Albrecht Durer, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, May 1-May 25, 1958|
Woodcuts by Albrecht Durer: An Exhibition of Print Connoisseurship, Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology, April 8 - June 7, 1986|
Invention and Revival: Northern European Prints, Michael C. Carlos Museum, February 12 - May 15, 2005
John Howett, Woodcuts by Albrecht Durer: An Exhibition of Print Connoisseurship (Atlanta: Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology, 1986), 51.


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Albrecht Durer, German, 1471 - 1528, “The Circumcision,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 13, 2018,

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