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Thursday 24 November 2022

Lambrecht Hopfer’s etching, “Christ before Caiphas”, c1530, after Dürer

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

“Christ before Caiphas” (TIB title) (aka “Jésus Christ Caiphe”; “Christus voor Kajafas”), c1530 (BM: 1520–1550), 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 1512 (see, with Hopfer’s monogram and with the Funck number, 177, inscribed by the publisher, David Funck (fl.1682–1709), at the lower centre.

Etching from an iron plate with pale plate tone on laid paper with partial watermark.

Size: (sheet) 18.2 x 13 cm; (plate) 13.8 x 9 cm.

Inscribed in plate with the artist’s monogram on tablet at upper centre and the Funck number, “177”, at lower left-of-centre.

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

TIB 17 (8).5 (527) (Walter L Strauss & Robert A Koch [Eds.] 1981, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 17, p. 275, cat. no. 5 [527]); Hollstein 6.II (Tilman Falk [Ed.] 1986, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400–1700: Lambert Hopfer to Sebastian Jenet”, vol. 15A, Blaricum, A.L. van Gendt, p. 14, cat. no. 5).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Christ before Caiaphas; after Dürer (Meder 6); Christ surrounded by soldiers at left; standing in front of Caiaphas seated at right; from a series of fifteen etchings after Dürer's Small Passion. Etching” (\ ).

See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with good margins (approx. 2 cm) in superb (museum quality) condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this remarkable etching from the early 1500s from the son of the acclaimed first printmaker to create an etching (Daniel Hopfer) showing Caiphas tearing his clothes in the trial of Christ, for a total cost of AU$498 (currently US$336.21/EUR322.53/GBP278.28 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 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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