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The Man of Sorrows Standing by the Column, 1509

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
engraving on laid paper
12 x 7.5 cm
Purchased 1949
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5599)

This subject has no source in the Gospel accounts of the Passion, but represents a summary of the cycle and often appears independently as a devotional image. The Virgin and St. John look upon the figure of Christ, who bears the five wounds of his Crucifixion. He also holds the instruments of his flagellation – the leather thong and birch bundle. In the bound copy of "The Engraved Passion" at Princeton University, this print appears at the end of the book rather than as a frontispiece, suggesting Christ’s perpetual suffering.

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