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The Vernicle Held By Two Angels


An engraving depicting two angels holding the Vernicle over the head of Jesus Christ.  The Vernicle was a head cloth used by Saint Veronica to wipe the face of Jesus as he bore the cross on his journey to Calvary.  Christians believe that an impression of Jesus' face was made in the cloth.  Catholics believe that original cloth has been housed at St. Peter's, in the Vatican, since the 8th Century.

Albrecht Durer  was born in Nuremburg, son of a goldsmith, and after having learned his father's craft he was apprenticed to the painter Michael Wolgemuth where he learned the art of woodcut. Durer was an intellectual, struggling with artistic problems of the renaissance, such as foreshortening, the nude figure and the human frame. His pioneering work with etching was done between 1515 and 1518. Durer was the first artist who attempted to take an impression on paper from an acid-bitten plate. His first six etchings were all done on iron, and are characterized by rather coarse lines of uniform thickness in which the irregularity in the biting is due to the texture of the material.

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)

Title: The Vernicle Held By Two Angels

Medium: Engraving on paper

Dates: 1513

Dimensions: 5 in. x 6 in.

Signature/Inscription: AD/1513; In plate - Lower center

Culture: German

Accession Number: A1959.27.32

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Howard M. Morse

Tags: 16th century, angel, christianity, dürer, engraving, german, jesus christ, print, religious, vernicle, works on paper