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St. Bartholomew Adored by a Prince of the House of Saxony, c. 1515

Albrecht Dürer, Attributed to
German, 1471 - 1528
pen and grey-black ink over traces of black chalk on laid paper
14.6 x 12.4 cm
Purchased 1963
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9984)

St. Bartholomew was first crucified, then flayed, and finally beheaded. Here, the martyr holds his attribute, a sword, and places his hand on the head of a prince, who - because of the partially sketched coat of arms on the right - has been identified as Frederick the Wise, Duke of Saxony.

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