Albrecht Dürer - Melencolia I - Google Art Project ( AGDdr3EHmNGyA).jpg

Albrecht Dürer - Melencolia I - Google Art Project ( AGDdr3EHmNGyA).jpg

Melencolia I, 1514  Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)  Engraving    9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (24 x 18.5 cm)  Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1943 (43.106.1)

Melencolia I, 1514 Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528) Engraving 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (24 x 18.5 cm) Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1943 (43.106.1)

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One of the most iconic engravings by one of art’s great printmakers, Melelcolia (an archaic spelling of melancholia) is filled with symbols of alchemy and carpentry (architecture), along with various measuring tools, an hourglass, a polyhedron and a “magic square” — the rows of which add up to 34 in all directions.

One of the most iconic engravings by one of art’s great printmakers, Melelcolia (an archaic spelling of melancholia) is filled with symbols of alchemy and carpentry (architecture), along with various measuring tools, an hourglass, a polyhedron and a “magic square” — the rows of which add up to 34 in all directions.

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Melencolia I Artist: Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg) Date: 1514 Medium: Engraving Dimensions: Plate: 9 7/16 × 7 5/16 in. (24 × 18.5 cm) Classification: Prints Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1943

Melencolia I Artist: Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg) Date: 1514 Medium: Engraving Dimensions: Plate: 9 7/16 × 7 5/16 in. (24 × 18.5 cm) Classification: Prints Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1943

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Melencolia I (detail) - Albrecht Durer - www.albrecht-durer.org

Melencolia I (detail) - Albrecht Durer - www.albrecht-durer.org

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Albrecht Dürer

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"Melencolia I", Albercht Durer

"Melencolia I", Albercht Durer

Albrecht Durer. As the description says, this pertains to knowledge or the pursuit  of knowledge and it's importance. The angel looks defeated because she is not using the tools available to her. I interpret this like she's wasting her life just to stare at the wall rather than put the tools to use. Social issue. Still applicable today.

Albrecht Durer. As the description says, this pertains to knowledge or the pursuit of knowledge and it's importance. The angel looks defeated because she is not using the tools available to her. I interpret this like she's wasting her life just to stare at the wall rather than put the tools to use. Social issue. Still applicable today.

Albrecht Durer: Melencolia 1 magic square. The 4 × 4 magic square, with the two middle cells of the bottom row giving the date of the engraving: 1514. This 4x4 magic square, as well as having traditional magic square rules, its four quadrants, corners and centers equal the same number, 34, which happens to belong to the Fibonacci sequence.

Albrecht Durer: Melencolia 1 magic square. The 4 × 4 magic square, with the two middle cells of the bottom row giving the date of the engraving: 1514. This 4x4 magic square, as well as having traditional magic square rules, its four quadrants, corners and centers equal the same number, 34, which happens to belong to the Fibonacci sequence.

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1514: Albrecht Dürer: Melencolia I [Northern Renaissance: Germany] In 1513-1514, German artist Albrecht Dürer created three copper engravings that have become known as the Master Engravings.  One of these was the 1514 engraving Melencolia I, prints of which may be found in museums all over the world (see first image, above).

1514: Albrecht Dürer: Melencolia I [Northern Renaissance: Germany] In 1513-1514, German artist Albrecht Dürer created three copper engravings that have become known as the Master Engravings. One of these was the 1514 engraving Melencolia I, prints of which may be found in museums all over the world (see first image, above).

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