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

St Simon

Engraving, 118 x 75 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The saw was St Simon's instrument of torture. This engraving and the St Bartholomew are done in the 'corrugated style' where stereometrically simplified forms are contrasted with complicated systems of prominences and indentations so that the whole gives the impression of a compact massif broken up into big tablelands, craggy rocks and deep ravines. The preparatory drawing had been intended for the St John of the Great Crucifixion but was revised and used for this print.