Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)
Sheet: 13 3/4 × 10 3/16 in. (35 × 25.9 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1919
Not on view
Dürer's largest engraving depicts the moment of conversion of a Roman general named Placidus. While hunting, Placidus saw a crucifix miraculously appearing between a stag's antlers. The stag spoke in Christ's voice, and Placidus fell from his horse and became a Christian baptized with the name Eustace. The print has long been admired as an exemplar of Dürer's extraordinary virtuosity; the animals and features of the landscape served as models for artists for the following century.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Watermark: high crown (Piccard 53437)
Junius Spencer Morgan; Vendor: Junius Spencer Morgan (American)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Print in the North," May 06, 1997 - July 13, 1997.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 12, 1993–October 25, 1993.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor," January 26, 2016–May 22, 2016.
Koehler 32; B.VII.73.57; Meder 93.60b; Schoch, Mende, and Scherbaum 32b
Rainer Schoch, Matthias Mende, Anna Scherbaum Albrecht Dürer, Das druckgraphische Werk. Prestel, Vol. 1-3, Munich; London; New York, 2001–2004.