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Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus, 1608/1611. Creator: Albrecht Durer

Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus, 1608 / 1611. Creator: Albrecht Durer


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Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus, 1608/1611. Creator: Albrecht Durer

Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus, 1608/1611

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4th Century A Durer Albert Durer Alberto Durero Albrecht Durer Bishop Durer Albrecht Martyr Martyrdom Mitre Religious Persecution Roman Empire St Erasmus Victim Windlass Entrails Saint Erasmus St Elmo


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The print captures the intense and dramatic scene of the "Martyrdom of Saint Erasmus" by Albrecht Durer. Created between 1608 and 1611, this engraving transports us back to the 17th century, immersing us in the baroque era. In this powerful image, we witness a moment of religious persecution as Saint Erasmus faces his martyrdom. The saint, dressed in intricate clothing that reflects his Christian heritage, stands tall amidst a hostile crowd. His face bears an expression of unwavering faith and determination despite the impending tragedy. Surrounded by onlookers including men wearing mitres symbolizing their religious authority, we see an emperor figure who represents Roman royalty. This juxtaposition highlights the clash between Christianity and the power structures of the Roman Empire during that time. As our eyes wander through this detailed artwork, we cannot help but be drawn to Saint Elmo watching from above. Positioned against a windy backdrop, he serves as both a witness and protector for Saint Erasmus in his final moments. Albrecht Durer's masterful technique is evident in every stroke of this print. Through skillful use of light and shadow, he creates depth that brings each character to life within its historical context. This piece reminds us not only of one man's sacrifice but also serves as a testament to human resilience in times of adversity.

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