The subject of Christ’s Passion preoccupied the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) throughout his working life. He explored three primary concerns within this narrowly deﬁned subject: how to imagine Christ as a man in a body, how to inscribe himself (Dürer) into the image, and how to account for his viewer in the scene. Because it spans his entire creative career, Dürer’s Passion work not only charts his changing attitudes toward these issues, it also provides a window onto his artistic development as a whole. The Essay volume includes an illustrated essay, a list of the Passion series and related works, and illustrations of related works. The Album volume includes illustrations of ﬁve of the Passion series: the Large, the Green, the Small, the Engraved, and the Oblong Passions.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums, September 9–December 3, 2000.
Jordan Kantor is a former Andrew W. Mellon Intern in the Print Department, Fogg Museum.