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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
St George on Foot
Date Made/Found: about 1508
Artist: Albrecht Dürer , German, 1471 - 1528
Printmaker: Albrecht Dürer , German, 1471 - 1528
Material and Medium: engraving on paper
Dimensions: Support: 111 x 70mm Mount: 297 x 418mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG00098
John Ruskin bought a number of Dürer’s engravings for his Collection of the Guild of St George. As the inspiration for the collection’s name, he was particularly keen for this image and also a companion print called ‘St George on Horseback’. Ruskin admired Dürer’s engravings and woodcuts principally for his mastery over form. He felt Dürer could depict objects and scenes simply with lines and yet their textures, tones, lights and shadows were still obvious. Ruskin described how each line was so deliberately drawn or inscribed that to misplace just one of them would give an entirely different texture or light effect in the work. For Ruskin, Dürer’s work was a useful teaching aid. In 'The Elements of Drawing', Ruskin’s book on practical art, Ruskin suggested that his pupils try to get hold of Dürer’s prints so that they could learn how to create form, texture, light and shadow by following his methods.
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