Design for an Ornament or Signet Ring with the Arms of Lazarus Spengler

Albrecht Dürer1516

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Scholars do not know the object for which this small circular design containing a coat of arms surrounded by two branches was actually used; suggestions have ranged from a signet ring to a bookplate. The coat of arms contains a demi-fleur-de-lis at the left and a demi-rose at the right; these might have belonged either to Matthaeus Lang von Wellenburg, cardinal of Salzburg, or to the Nuremburg humanist and lawyer Lazarus Spengler. As both the arms of these men reversed the position of the rose and fleur-de-lis, Albrecht Dürer could have made this design for an engraving. The trimmed flourish at the top of the sheet shows that someone cut the image from a larger sheet.


  • Title: Design for an Ornament or Signet Ring with the Arms of Lazarus Spengler
  • Creator: Albrecht Dürer
  • Date Created: 1516
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 5.9 × 5.4 cm (2 5/16 × 2 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 89.GA.19
  • Culture: German
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471 - 1528)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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