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Goldin+Senneby Quantitative Melencolia: Melencolia II - XIX 2023 (Framed)

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Handprinted engraving on 16th century paper (edition of 18, edition run 1). Stamped by the Whitworth, numbered and signed by the artist.

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  • Plate size: 24 x 18.8 cm
  • Paper size: 35.5 x 25 cm
  • Frame size: 60.5 x 45 x 2.4 cm
  • £5000 (including frame)

Conceptual artist-duo Goldin+Senneby have released a reproduction print of Melencolia I (1514) by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer from the Whitworth’s collection. The Whitworth’s impression of Melencolia I by Dürer was scanned by technology specialists, Jura, in Hungary. The microscopic scans captured exceptional detail, including paper fibres and the surface depth of Dürer’s mark-making. The scans were digitally re-worked by a bank note engraver and then used to laser engrave a replica plate. 

This first series of impressions were hand-printed in Sweden on 16th-century paper, sourced with advice from Angela Campbell, former Paper Conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The scarce supply of the antique paper determined the limited number that could be made. Following on from Dürer’s title Melencolia I, the editions are titled Melencolia II, Melencolia III, Melencolia IV onwards.

Quantitative Melencolia is a major new project by artist duo Goldin+Senneby commissioned for Economics the Blockbuster, an exhibition on art and economy at the Whitworth. This first edition run of 18 engravings are made in collaboration with the Whitworth, to be sold to generate income for the gallery, activating the financial operation of the gallery collection.

Goldin+Senneby, Quantitative Melencolia: Melencolia II– XIX, 2023. Handprinted engravings on 16th century paper (first edition). Commissioned by the Whitworth, University of Manchester. Courtesy of the artist and Nome, Berlin. 

Unfortunately, as with all Whitworth Editions this product does not qualify for any discount codes.