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: Gift of Helena Mein Wade in memory of her husband, Alfred Byers Wade



Place Made: Germany, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


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 divine 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"]

Course History

GERM 10.06, A Visual History of Germany, Heidi Denzel, Winter 2022

German 10.06, A Visual History of Germany, Heidi Denzel, Winter 2024

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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