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Albrecht Dürer, German
St. Eustace, c.1501
engraving
plate (irregular): 14 x 10 3/16 inches
Museum Purchase 255:1916

In this work we see five dogs, a horse, and a man. According to the story, Placidus (PLA-sid-us), a Roman general, was hunting when he saw a deer with a glowing crucifix between its antlers. This vision led Placidus to fall on his knees and convert to the Christian faith. At that time he took the name Eustace. In this print we see Albrecht Dürer (DER-er’s) fascination with depicting things from nature—trees, flowers, grass, and surface textures like animal fur. The artist made this engraving by scratching the picture in reverse on a metal plate. Ink was applied to the plate, which was wiped and then covered with paper and run through a printing press. This technique allowed Dürer to create amazing details using a variety of lines and tones. His innovative approach to printmaking made Dürer one of the most influential artists of the Renaissance.

For younger students:
Name all of the animals you see.
Imagine that you are in this picture—what would you be doing?

For older students:
Imagine yourself in the picture. Starting in the foreground, describe how you would walk through the middle ground to get to the castle in the background.
What elements of art-line, color, shape, texture-does the artist use and how?

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