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

St Christopher Facing to the Right

Engraving, 117 x 75 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This is the first engraving after Dürer's return from his long stay in the Netherlands. He had left on July 12, 1520, together with his wife and a maid, in order to appeal to the new Emperor, Charles V, to confirm his annuity. No engravings were executed during this trip. Dürer returned to Nuremberg toward the end of July 1521, having been greatly honoured, yet also a sick man suffering from malaria.

This engraving is presumably based on one of the several drawings Dürer made at Antwerp for the Dutch landscape painter Joachim Patenier in May 1521. The hermit in the background is carrying a torch.