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Item Details
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Culture
Germany, late 15th-early 16th century
Title
The Virgin and Child Seated by the Wall
Work Type
Print
Date
1514
Material
engraving
Measurements
Platemark: 14.7 x 9.9 cm (5 13/16 x 3 7/8 in.); Paper: 15 x 10.2 cm (5 7/8 x 4 in.)
Description
The Virgin in this small engraving appears monumental against a contemporary view of Nuremberg castle. Although she looks regal, Dürer underscores her humanity by presenting her in this modern context and by adding commonplace household keys and a money purse at her waist. As she sits serenely, the Christ Child displays an apple to the viewer as a reminder of the past, specifically the Fall of man and his divine role in the redemption of humanity.
The arrangement and introspective character of this engraving have been compared to Dürer’s Melencolia I. Both were finished in the same year as his mother’s death-a difficult time for the artist. As the third of 18 children, of which only three reached adulthood, Dürer witnessed the particular joys and heartache of motherhood.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: PR - Engraving
Department: Prints
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland by exchange, and purchase from the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Accession Number
Related Item
Meder 36
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1977.20_full.tif
SSID
24614017

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