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

St Jerome by the Pollard Willow

Drypoint, 208 x 185 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

One of only three drypoints by Dürer. The possibilities of the new medium are fully exploited. The elements are interpreted in terms of tonal values rather than plastic form. This is the most picturesque of Dürer's prints. Its strength, clarity and lighting remain unsurpassed. Unquestionably it served Rembrandt as a model.

The date may have been added later by someone else. However, this date is placed on the engraving in very similar fashion to that of the Madonna with the Pear. There are some impressions of this print before the monogram; also a few where a portion of the upper left corner is inexplicably screened off, shearing off the blades of grass on the top of the rock.