First knot from a set of six.

Knot with Heart-Formed Shield, 1505-1507



Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1925expand_more  P.10,486

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Albrecht Dürer may have intended these complex woodcuts, which he called knodn (knots), for embroidery or book covers. The designs imitate the inventions of another genius, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), whose work Dürer probably saw on a visit to Venice around 1505. Leonardo's knots, in turn, were inspired by Islamic decorative motifs on goods entering Venice from the East. Both Renaissance masters were undoubtedly captivated by the geometry and intricacy of the interlaced style. Scholars now know that each knot is composed of repeated patterns rather than one continuous strand as previously thought.

Knot with Heart-Formed Shield
Artist Life
Accession Number
unidentified mark
Catalogue Raisonne
B.140, 159; K.203; M.274 i/ii
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First knot from a set of six.