Engraving on paper, image: 9 3/4 x 7 9/16 in.
The Clark Art Institute, 1968.56
Because of his prolific, versatile, and technically dazzling print oeuvre, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) has long attracted all manner of imitators, copyists, and interpreters–some with honorable motives, others with clear intent to deceive. Some reproductions of his work bear the later artist’s signature, while plenty of others preserve his famous monogram. Still other “Dürer-esque” examples capitalize on the master’s success by closely mimicking his compositions or linear style. The Clark’s extensive Dürer and after-Dürer holdings offer a unique opportunity to assess his centuries-long artistic legacy.