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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

Albert II of Brandenburg, Cardinal of Mainz 1523

Engraving. Cassiano Type A mount | 20.4 x 15.8 cm (backing sheet) | RCIN 607333

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  • An engraving of Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg, Archbishop of Mainz and Magdeburg. Bust length figure in profile right, in the dress of a Cardinal with a mozzetta and biretta. With coat of arms in the upper right corner and Albrecht Dürer's monogram in the lower left. This print is lettered across the top: "MDXXIII / SIC. OCVLOS. SIC. ILLE. GENAS. SIC. ORA. FEREBAT. / ANNO. ETATIS. SVE. XXXIII."; at the lower left: "AD" [monogram]; along the bottom: "ALBERTVS. MI. DI. SA. SANC. ROMANAE. ECCLAE TI. SAN. / CHRYSOGONI. PBR. CARDINA. MAGVN. AC. MAGDE. / ARCHIEPS. ELECTOR. IMPE. PRIMAS. ADMINI. / HALBER. MARCHI. BRANDENBVRGENSIS."

    The print formed part of an album of portrait prints assembled by Cassiano dal Pozzo in Rome and described in an early nineteenth-century inventory of prints in George III's library as Portraits of Popes and Cardinals. The album was arranged hierarchically from popes to cardinals and thence on to archbishops and bishops, and within each category chronologically (starting from St Peter, according to tradition the first pope). The album was dismantled later in the nineteenth century and the prints that were retained were integrated with others in the collection.

    For more information see Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. I: Ceremonies, Costumes, Portraits and Genre, 3 vols, Royal Collection Trust 2017, part of The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo: A Catalogue Raisonné, cat. no. 1184.
    Provenance

    From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio's grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Medium and techniques

    Engraving. Cassiano Type A mount

    Measurements

    20.4 x 15.8 cm (backing sheet)

    17.2 x 12.7 cm (sheet of paper)

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    ALBERTVS MI DI SA SANC ROMANIAE ECCIAE TI SAN CHRYSOGONI PBR CARDINA MAGVN AC MAGDE ARCHIEPS ELECTOR IMPE PRIMAS ADMINI HALBER MARCHI BRANDENBVRGENSIS