Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
engraving, Overall - h:23.80 w:18.60 cm (h:9 5/16 w:7 5/16 inches). Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., in memory of Ralph King 1926.211
Melencolia I is a depiction of the intellectual situation of the artist and is thus a spiritual selfportrait of Dürer. The winged personification of Melancholy holds a caliper and is surrounded by other tools associated with geometry, one of the seven liberal arts that underlies artistic creation- and the one through which Dürer hoped to approach perfection in his own work.