Soon after the completion of his major illustrated books of 1511, Dürer initiated a period of experimentation with new engraving techniques that lasted until 1518 including drypoint and etching. Dürer’s Agony in the Garden, one of the first etchings produced by a German artist, reveals the sketch–like freedom of movement that the etching medium allowed, as opposed to the laborious control of the burin that traditional engraving required.
BRA1067. Albrecht Dürer. Agony in the Garden. Etching. Nuremberg, 1515.
Dürer, Albrecht, 1471–1528., “BRA1067,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed January 29, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1859.