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Sunday 6 February 2022

Lambrecht Hopfer’s etching, “The Descent from the Cross”, c1530, after Dürer

Lambrecht Hopfer (aka Lambert Hopfer) (fl.c1525–1550)

“The Descent from the Cross” (TIB title) (aka “La descente de Croix”; “The Lamentation”), c1530, from the series of fifteen plates, “Passion of Christ”, after Albrecht Dürer’s (aka Albrecht Duerer) (1471–1528) engraving in the same direction executed in 1507, with Hopfer’s monogram and with the Funck number, 183, inscribed by the publisher, David Funck (fl.1682–1709), at the lower right corner.

Etching from an iron plate with pale plate tone on laid paper with the Funk number (183) and small margins.

Size: (sheet) 18 x 12 cm; (plate) 13.7 x 18.5 cm.

Inscribed in plate with the artist’s monogram on a tablet at lower left and the Funck number, “183”, at lower right.

State ii (of ii) with the addition of the Funck number.

TIB 17(8).13(527) (Walter L Strauss & Robert A Koch [Eds.] 1981, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 17, p. 284, cat. no. 15 [527]); Hollstein 13.II (Hollstein, F W H, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400-1700”, Amsterdam, 1954); Bartsch VIII.527.13 (Bartsch, Adam, “Le Peintre graveur”, 21 vols, Vienna, 1803).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “The Lamentation; after Dürer (Meder 14); St John placing the body of Christ on the ground; the Virgin kneeling at right, weeping; Mary Magdalene standing behind the Virgin with her arms raised; at far right Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea approaching with ointment jars; from a series of fifteen etchings after Dürer's Small Passion. Etching” (

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with small margins (approx. 1.7 cm) in superb (museum quality) condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this remarkably strong image from the son of the acclaimed first printmaker to create an etching (Daniel Hopfer), for a total cost of AU$453 (currently US$321.49/EUR281.08/GBP237.52 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you wish to purchase this rare print in superb (near pristine) condition from the Renaissance era, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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