Jun 5, 2006

The Ravisher

The Ravisher

c. 1495

Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471–1528)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1968.36

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 76



The Ravisher portrays a chaotic struggle between a woman and Death, personified here as a wild-eyed corpse-like man. Having mistaken Death as her lover, she attempts to flee, but is thwarted by his firm grip. Images that feature Death often communicated moralizing messages about the dangers of sin and the fleeting nature of life. Had Dürer thought it necessary, he would have included an inscription in the scroll above. However, this could have been redundant since the horror of the scene clearly indicates that Death was exacting payment for the woman’s life of sin.

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PR - Engraving
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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