Sojourner Knight by Anthony Costello

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Sojourner Knight

Anthony Costello on Single-Mindedness in Dürer's Ritter, Tod, und Teufel

Few works of art have gripped me over the years and accompanied me through the vicissitudes of life more than the 1513 engraving by Albrecht Dürer, Ritter, Tod, und Teufel (Knight, Death, and the Devil). Although I cannot recall ever seeing the original, I have seen copies, and each time I’ve been struck by its complexity of detail, yet single-minded theme: a theme that resonates deeply with the devoted servant of Christ.

The engraving itself is a masterwork—the technical precision . . .