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 exact, the composition elaborate, the medieval symbolism rich, and the theme universal. Dürer’s artistic skill is evident in the exactitude with which the engraving is executed. This precision in detail . . .
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Anthony Costello holds a BA in German from the University of Notre Dame and Master's degrees in Christian Apologetics and Theology from the Talbot School of Theology/Biola University. A former Catholic, now Evangelical, he served five-and-a-half years in the U.S. Army, with one deployment to Afghanistan.
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