Albrecht Dürer

The Abduction of Proserpine on a Unicorn

1516
Although Dürer primarily produced woodcuts and engravings, he did execute six prints in the new technique of etching on an iron plate prepared with acid-resistant resin. While picking flowers in a meadow with her companions, Proserpine was abducted by Pluto, the god of the underworld. In Dürer’s version of the story, the god rides a wild-eyed unicorn, a legendary horse with a large, pointed horn projecting from its forehead.
Title
The Abduction of Proserpine on a Unicorn
Date
1516
Medium
Print
Materials
etching on laid paper
Dimensions
31.1 x 21.4 cm; image: 30.5 x 21.1 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Purchased 1925
Accession number
3157