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Knight, Death and the Devil (German: Ritter, Tod und Teufel) is a large 1513 engraving by the German artist Albrecht Dürer, one of the three Meisterstiche (master prints) completed during a period when he almost ceased to work in paint or woodcuts to focus on engravings.
The image is infused with complex iconography and symbolism, the precise meaning of which has been argued over for centuries. An armoured knight, accompanied by a faithful and loyal dog, rides through a narrow gorge flanked by a goat-headed devil and the figure of death riding a pale horse. Death's rotting corpse holds an hourglass to remind the knight of the shortness of life. The rider moves through the scene ignoring or looking away from the creatures lurking around him. He appears to be almost contemptuous of the threats, and is often seen to be a symbol of courage; the knight’s armor, the horse which towers in size over the beasts, the oak leaves and the fortress on the mountaintop are symbolic of the resilience of faith, while the knights plight may represent Christian’s earthly journey towards the Kingdom of Heaven.
Awesome. This is currently the background on my phone. I love detailed black and white renderings. This subject is just dark enough to keep my interest.
originally posted by: Rikku
Albrecht Dürer,1513. "Knight, Death and the Devil"
i dont have a favourite, but i always thought this engraving was amazing.