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Image of Jael and Sisera

Albrecht Altdorfer
German, about 1480–1538

Jael and Sisera

about 1513

Object Type: Print
5 in. x 3 3/4 in. (12.7 cm x 9.53 cm)
Medium and Support: Woodcut on paper
Accession Number: 1984.0019.0001

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.

This print shares some of the decorative quality of Lucas Cranach’s (German, 1472–1553) work, especially in the patterns of foliage, but adapts some of Albrecht Durer’s (German, 1471–1528) methods of defining space. The striking use of foreshortening and the unusual viewpoint are typical of Altdorfer’s work: in this case, they both contribute to the drama of the narrative, as they lead the viewer’s eye straight from the foreground to the point at which the spike enters Sisera’s temple. The complex play of light and dark also directs attention to this area.

See "Durer, Rembrandt, and Beyond from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr.," exh. cat. (Montgomery: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1994,) 10-11.

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