Marked by boils over his entire body, Job is sitting on the ground, covered only by a cloth. The demon, rendered in lively lines, brings darkness over the biblical figure. Stoically, almost unimpressed, Job endures the monster flying up to his head.


  • Title: Job Tortured by a Demon
  • Creator: Hans Schäufelein
  • Date Created: c. 1508–10
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.5 × 13.6 cm
  • Technique and Material: Pen and black ink
  • Provenance: Grahl Collection (Lugt 1199)
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 4715
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kupferstichkabinett/home.html
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/ Jörg P. Anders; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; cat. no. 87 / Dorothee Wagner
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1480–85–1539–40 Nördlingen
  • Artist Biography: Schäufelein, who was active in Dürer’s workshop in Nuremberg from 1503 and in Hans Holbein the Elder’s in Augsburg from 1509, was involved in the design of several woodcut illustrations for the important book projects Theuerdanck and Weisskunig for Emperor Maximilian I. The oeuvre of the artist, who was appointed municipal painter of Nördlingen in 1515, includes more than fifty altarpieces, more than a thousand woodcuts, and numerous drawings.

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