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Melencolia I: 22.I.3-98

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Melencolia I


Printmaker: Dürer, Albrecht



Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Production date: AD 1514



School or Style


Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper
Plate Height 240 mm Width 187 mm
Sheet Height 240 mm Width 187 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: Image upper left, on the wings of a bat
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title

Inscription present: Numbers arranged in a four by four-line grid, described here left to right from the top left corner

  • Text: 16 - 3 - 2 - 13 / 5 - 10 - 11 - 8 / 9 - 6 - 7- 12 / 4 - 15 - 14 - 1
  • Location: Image upper right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: AD
  • Location: Image lower right, on the step
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Monogram
  • Text: 1514
  • Location: Image lower right, on the step
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 22.I.3-98
Primary reference Number: 93775
Bartsch: 74
Illustrated Bartsch: 74
Illustrated Bartsch Commentary: .074 II/II
Meder: 75 II/II
Hollstein (German): 75 II/II a
Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum: 71 II/II
Old location number: 35.9.21
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 28 September 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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