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An armored knight sits atop a horse looking straight ahead, facing left, with two figures present.

An old bearded human figure (Death), in white, also on a horse with a lowered neck, holds up an hourglass looking at the knight. There are snakes wrapped around his neck and head. Behind the knight’s horse on the right is a horned animal figure (Devil) holding a long tool, looking up at the knight. The knight grips the reigns with his left hand while holding a lance firmly over his right shoulder creating a diagonal line through this dark and earthy print. There’s a distraught-looking dog under the horse’s legs. Two skulls rest on the ground near bottom left.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Albrecht Dürer, German (Nuremberg 1471 - 1528 Nuremberg)
Knight, Death, and the Devil
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Engraving printed in black ink on white antique laid paper
Overall: 25 x 19.1 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: on a shaded tablet at lower left, engraved artist's monogram and date printed in black ink: S1513 / AD
  • inscription: verso, graphite: de Bammeville's coll. No. 367. / 17 fr. Card. Fesch's coll. / £. [illeg.] 32.--
  • collector's mark: verso, graphite: E. H. Greenleaf [Edward Hale Greenleaf (Lugt 5207)]
  • collector's mark: verso, purple stamp with accession number written within in brown ink: GRAY COLLECTION, / 1111 / HARVARD COLLEGE. [within an oval borderline (Lugt 4836)]


Recorded Ownership History
de Bammeville. Cardinal Fesch. Francis Calley Gray, bequest; to William Gray, his nephew, 1856, gift; to Harvard University, 1857

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Meder a or b/g
Standard Reference Number
Bartsch 98, Meder 74, Strauss 71

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Marjorie B. Cohn and Harvard University Art Museums/ Harvard University Press, Francis Calley Gray and Art Collecting for America (Cambridge, MA, 1986), p. 234, fig. 25
  • Judith A. Stanford, Responding to Literature, Mayfield Publishing Company (Mountain View, CA, 1996), n.p. (in color insert between pp.644 and 645)
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Exhibition History

Verification Level

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