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The Flight into Egypt
From the Life of the Virgin, 1511
Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528
Johann Bechtholt
German, active Nuremberg, c. 1575-1600
Signed "J Bechtholt 1585"
Woodcut with transparent washes and body colors, highlighted with gold and silver
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Johann Bechtholt was commissioned to paint the twenty woodcuts of the series depicting episodes from the life of Christ’s mother. An inscription on the title page of the book indicates that the dean of the cathedral of Strasbourg dedicated the woodcuts to the city’s bishop with the hope that "the illuminated life of Mary in this volume may please the eyes of my Lord." Bechtholt applied a wide selection of bright colors, skillfully highlighting his work with silver and gold paints. The signature of the colorist of this woodcut by Dürer is evident under the footbridge over which Joseph leads the mule carrying the Virgin and child.
See Bechtholt’s signature in the print