The Large Passion: The Crucifixion

Albrecht Dürerc. 1497–1500

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Dürer made seven of the twelve woodcuts for <em>The Large Passion</em> between 1497 and 1500 and then produced four additional woodcuts in 1510. The following year he published the series in book form with a frontispiece and Latin verses composed by Benedict Schwalbe. The Nuremberg monk and poet's text was printed on the back of the sheets. At the same time, Dürer printed a second edition of <em>The Apocalypse</em> and the first edition of <em>The Life of the Virgin</em>. The scenes of <em>The Large Passion</em> executed between 1497 and 1500 retain certain Gothic conventions: a wealth of detail; two-dimensional, awkward figures; ambiguous picture space; and confusing compositions. However, the strong contrast between the thick, black, expressive lines and the white paper creates a vitality lost in the prints from 1510, when Dürer's style changed dramatically.

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  • Title: The Large Passion: The Crucifixion
  • Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
  • Date Created: c. 1497–1500
  • Provenance: (M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, NY), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1926.118
  • Medium: woodcut
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: Germany, 16th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in memory of Ralph King
  • Collection: PR - Woodcut
  • Accession Number: 1926.118

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