DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

St Peter and St John Healing the Cripple (No. 16)

Engraving, 118 x 74 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sheet No. 16 of the Engraved Passion.

This engraving, considered as the last sheet of the Engraved Passion, is, in fact, outside the scope of a Passion series. Dürer cannot possibly have intended it as the final sheet. It may therefore be presumed that he planned to add further subjects which were never completed. It has been left out of most of the old bound copies of the Engraved Passion, and may have been intended as the first sheet of a projected series of the Apostles. The contrast of the statuesque greatness of the Apostle and the merciless condition of the cripple is notable.

This engraving is perhaps derived from Masaccio's fresco The Tribute Money in the Brancacci Chapel in Florence. St Peter is based on a drawing for the Heller Altarpiece; the man on the far left is inspired by a medal of John Paleologus. The ailment of the cripple has been identified as leprosy.