Salvator Mundi

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Date: ca. 1505

Medium: Oil on linden

Dimensions: 22 7/8 x 18 1/2in. (58.1 x 47cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931

Accession Number: 32.100.64


This picture of Christ as Salvator Mundi, Savior of the World, who raises his right hand in blessing and in his left holds a globe representing the earth, can be appreciated both as a painting and as a drawing. Albrecht Dürer, the premier artist of the German Renaissance, probably began this work shortly before he departed for Italy in 1505, but completed only the drapery. His unusually extensive and meticulous preparatory drawing on the panel is visible in the unfinished portions of Christ's face and hands.