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

St Philip

Engraving, 122 x 76 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

St Philip was crucified in the reign of Emperor Domitian. This is the fifth and last sheet of the unfinished series of Apostles. The great white mantle pleased Dürer so much that he used it again in his painted panels of Four Apostles in 1526. The handling is very bold and shows the skill due to the absolute command of the graver. The long sweeping lines which marked Dürer's earlier work, as St Jerome in Penitence, reappear, especially in the background. This work was apparently finished in 1523, based on the preparatory drawing bearing that date.