Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg (The Small Cardinal)

Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471 - 1528



Engraving on laid paper, ink wash

Before text on reverse; Meder I.a

Sheet: 5 15/16 × 4 in. (15.1 × 10.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Helena Mein Wade in memory of her husband, Alfred Byers Wade



Europe, Germany



Object Name




Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, upper right: ALBERTVS. MI. DI. SA. SANC. / ROMANAE. ECCLAE. TI. SAN / CHRYSOGONI. PBR. CARDINA. / MAGVN. AC. MAGDE. ARCHI / EPS. ELECTOR. IMP. PRIMAS / ADMINI. HALBER. MARCHI. / BRANDENBVRGENSIS; inscribed, in plate, center left: AD [artist's monogram]; inscribed, in plate, lower center: SIC OCVLOS SIC ILLE GENAS SIC / ORA FEREBAT / ANNO ETATIS SVE XXIX / M D XIX [Translated text from the British Museum: Albert, by devine mercy the most Holy Roman Church's titular presbyter cardinal of St Chrysogonus, Archbishop of Mainz and Magdeburg, Primate Elector of the Empire, Administer of Halberstadt, Margrave of Brandenburg" Three lines Latin inscription above the portrait, reading in translation: "Thus were his eyes, his cheeks, his features at the age of 29, 1519"]

Exhibition History

Portraits at Dartmouth, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 10-April 16, 1978.

Publication History

Arthur R. Blumenthal, Portraits at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1978, p. 13, no. 1.


Alfred Byers Wade (1874-1949) Collection, to his wife, Helena Mein Wade (1878-1966), New Canaan, Connecticut, 1949; given to present collection, 1950.

Catalogue Raisonne

Bartsch (1803), Vol. VII: 110.102; Meder (1932): 100; Strauss (1973): 88

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