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Tuesday 25 January 2022

Hans Burgkmair the Elder’s woodcut, “Charity”, c1510

Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473–1531)

“Charity” (aka “Die Liebe”; “Love”), c1510, from a series of seven woodcuts, “The Seven Virtues”. This is a later (Dershau) restrike impression, possibly c1808, printed from the original woodblock plate.

Woodblock print on buff Japon paper.

Size: 18.2 x 11 cm.

Lettered in plate: (upper right) “DIELIEBE

State iii (of iii)

Hollstein V.96.292 iii/iii; Bartsch VII.216.50.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Whole-length female figure holding a burning torch and a child, another child at her feet; from a series of seven woodcuts. c.1510 Woodcut, a modern Derschau impression” (

Regarding the Derschau impressions, they are restrike woodcut impressions printed from the original plates in the (Baron Hans Albrecht von) Derschau collection now held by the Staatlichen Kupferstich-kabinetts (State Print Room) in Berlin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art advises: “Derschau is said to have discovered hundreds of original wood blocks by German masters in a trunk in Nuremberg, and in 1808 Rudolph Zacharias Becker produced the first of three volumes with restrikes from these blocks” (see This impression is possibly from an earlier edition as it does not have the later Derschau stamp verso: “SAMMLUNG/ DERSCHAU/ 1922”.

See also the description of this print offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Condition: a richly inked and strongly embossed impression in pristine condition (i.e., there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling).

I am selling this superb latter impression of Burgkmair’s woodcut showing a female personification of love and charity holding a burning torch in her right hand, a child on her left arm and another child at her feet, for the total cost of AU$214 (currently US$153.13/EUR135.52/GBP113.39 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this simply stunning oldmaster woodcut, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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