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

St Christopher Facing to the Left

1521
Engraving, 119 x 75 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This engraving is obviously the later of the two versions of 1521. The meaning is here conveyed more poignantly, as the saint, instead of looking straight ahead, turns his head toward the Infant Christ. The hermit, in this case, is moved further into the background. This engraving is probably also based on the drawings prepared for Joachim Patenier. It can be noted in this connection that Patenier's painting at the Escorial shows a quite similar group, only in mirror image. Both engravings are based on the account of St Christopher in Passional oder der Heiligen Leben, Nuremberg, 1488, published by Anton Koberger, Dürer's godfather.