Albrecht Dürer 1471 – 1528

Job on the Dunghill, with his Wife

mixed techniques on panel (96 × 51 cm) — c. 1505 Museum Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Albrecht Dürer biography

This work is linked to Job 2:9

Job is sitting on a dunghill. His wife pours a bucket of water on him. Perhaps she wanted to cool his body, that is covered with sore boils. The woman is dressed in cloths typical for Nuremberg, where Dürer lived. In the background Job's burning house is visible.

This panel is the outside of one the wings of the Jabach altarpiece. The remainders of the altarpiece are spread over several museums. The adjoining panel shows Job's friends.

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