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Albrecht Dürer

Melencolia I

Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer
Melencolia I, zoomed in
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Melencolia I is a Northern Renaissance Engraving Print created by Albrecht Dürer in 1514. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Print, Melancholy, Angels, Hatching & Cross Hatching and Stippling. SourceDownload

The first in Albrecht Dürer’s set of three Melencolia engravings, describing the moral, theological, and intellectual virtues that Dürer hoped to embody. Melencolia 1 represents the pursuit of intellectual perfection, Melancholy sits amongst mathematical tools, which Dürer was intimately familiar with.

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