The Circumcision, from The Life of the Virgin series

Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471 - 1528


about 1504-1505

Woodcut on laid paper

Before text, probably Meder b

Image: 11 9/16 × 8 1/4 in. (29.3 × 21 cm)

Sheet: 12 × 8 3/4 in. (30.5 × 22.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Jean and Adolph Weil, Jr. 1935 Fund, through gifts from Jane and W. David Dance, Class of 1940, the Cremer Foundation in memory of J. Theodor Cremer, and through the Hood Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund



Place Made: Germany, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, in block, lower right: AD [artist's monogram]; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, center left: 19.73.208; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower left: 12; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower left: 48 p m 34221 / 220/8/25; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower center: B.86 D.I. 289 H6 The Circumcision; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower right: B.86; Collector's mark, reverse, stamped, in brown ink, center left: METROPOLITAN / DUPLICATE [encircled] WM9p [inscribed, in black ink, in center] [Lugt 1808h]; Collector's mark, reverse, stamped, in brown ink, center left: METROPOLITAN / MVSEVM / OF ART / NEW YORK [encircled; Lugt 1943] Watermark, lower right: [High crown; Meder 20]

Course History

ARTH 2, Introduction to the History of Art II, Joy Kenseth, Marlene Heck, Winter 2012

ARTH 7, Knight, Death, and the Devil, Jane Carroll, Spring 2012

ARTH 86, Senior Seminar in Theory and Method, Mary Coffey, Winter 2012

HIST 96.39, Saints and Material Devotion, Cecilia Gaposchkin, Fall 2021

Exhibition History

New Acquisitions, Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Elevator Vestibule, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 1, 2009-present.


Junius Spence Morgan (1867-1932); given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, 1919; exchanged for other prints from M. Knoedler & Co., New York, New York, date unknown; with E. & R. Kistner, Nuremberg, Germany, 2007; Karl & Faber, Munich, Germany (Sale December 4-5, 2008, lot no. 59); [through C G. Boerner, New York, New York], 2008; sold to present collection, 2008.

Catalogue Raisonne

Bartsch (1803), Vol. VII: 132.86; Meder (1932): 198; Schoch (2001-2004): 176

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