Artist Hans Sebald Beham, German, 1500-1550
  • Impossibility
  • The Impossible (alternate title)
Date 1549
Medium engraving printed in black ink on laid paper
Dimensions Sheet (trimmed within plate mark): 3 1/4 × 2 inches (8.3 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps
Accession Number 09.1S120
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed and dated, in plate, lower right: 1549 | [artist's monogram]
Marks Stamp, verso: Scripps 1885 (Lugt Suppl. 2357a) [date added in ink to the stamp]
Inscriptions Inscribed, in plate, center of image: IMPOSSIBILE.
Inscribed, vertically, upper right edge: NIMENT VNDER STESICH GROSER DING. | DIE IM ZV THVN VNMVGLICH SINDT.
(H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, New York, USA);
Mrs. James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Luttikhuizen, Henry, ed. Stirring the World: Germany Printmaking in the Age of Luther. Exh. cat., Center Art Gallery, Calvin College. Grand Rapids, 2017, pp. 106-107 (pl. 24).