Albrecht Dürer, The Death of Orpheus, 1494 The banner hung in the tree reads: Orfeus der erst puseran (“Orpheus, the first sodomite”). The word puseran(t) derives from the Italian buggerone, which in its turn derives from Latin bulgarus from which come also the terms bugger in English and bougre in French. Though the drawing could be taken as a Northern European reaction to sodomy, it is based on an original, by the Italian master Andrea Mantegna.
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Knight, Death, and the Devil, 1513–14 Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528) Engraving Dürer's Knight, Death, and the Devil is one of three large prints of 1513–14 known as his Meisterstiche (master engravings). The other two are Melancholia I and Saint Jerome in His Study.