This early engraving, made shortly before Dürer’s second journey to Italy in 1505–06, reflects the artist’s interest in transferring the ideals of Classical art to Christian subject matter. The print presents the Savior in the contrapposto pose utilized in ancient statuary of the Classical gods, with the weight of the body shifted to one side and the shoulders and hips turned in subtle counter-balance.
AFU6977. Albrecht Dürer. The Man of Sorrows. Engraving. Nuremberg, c. 1503.
Dürer, Albrecht, 1471–1528., “AFU6977,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed December 11, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1860.