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The Sea Monster

The Sea Monster

ca. 1498

Albrecht Dürer

German, Nuremberg 1471-1528

Through contact with Italian art—widely distributed prints, and later travel in Italy—Dürer developed a style that is a fascinating hybrid of northern and southern aesthetic qualities. This early example introduces a classical-style nude, foreign to German art of the time.

9 15/16 x 7 1/2 in. (25.2 x 19 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Leo Wallerstein
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryTacoma, Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, Male and Female, 1970.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Old Master Prints From the Wallerstein Collection, Oct.18 - Dec. 30, 1984 (Providence, Rhode Island, Bell Gallery, Brown University, Jan. 16 - Feb. 13, 1985; New York, New York, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Mar. 5 - May 26, 1985).

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Durer, Rembrandt, and Goya: Old Masters Prints from the Seattle Art Museum Collection, May 31, 2001 - Jan. 1, 2002.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water, Mar. 18 - May 30, 2022.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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