The Temptation of the Idler (The Dream of the Doctor)

Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471 - 1528


about 1498

Engraving on laid paper

Sheet: 7 7/16 × 4 3/4 in. (18.9 × 12 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. John Lownes III [Ed and Penny] in memory of thier parents, John and Sybil Lownes, Jr. & John and Irene Pendris



Place Made: Germany, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Initialled, in plate, lower center edge: AD; inscribed, on reverse, in graphite: B.76 / C.14220 / K.5429 / C 5796

Course History

HIST 96.31, The Crisis of the Late Middle Ages Reconsidered: Art, Artists, and Cultural Change in the ‘Northern Renaissance,’ 1350–1575, Walter Simons, Fall 2019

Exhibition History

From Altarpiece to Portrait: Assembling a European Collection, Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26-July 21, 2019.


E. John Lownes III (1927-2016) and Penny Pendris Lownes, Fort Myers, Florida; given to present collection, 2017.

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