Sea Monster

Albrecht Durer; Germany; 1498


This engraving is one ofDürer's early attempts at anatomy and proportion. It is not known which specific classical or contemporary tale Dürer sought to illustrate; he is known to have synthesized different sources and bring motifs together in a single image. The abduction of a woman by a water-god is one of the oldest Greek mythological conceptions and a subject that fascinated men throughout the Renaissance. Dürer adds a layer of complexity to the scene in that the woman does not seem to be upset at her fate. Many have speculated that her abduction may have been a device to legitimize her nudity. The fortress in the background appears to be Kaiserburg in Dürer’s Nuremberg.


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Sea Monster

  • Print Size: 12"x16"
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