20 original woodcuts with text on 10 uncut sheets in folio format. Along with the "Apocalypse of St. John" and the "Large Passion," the 20 pages of the "Life of the Virgin" represent one of Albrecht Dürer's most significant woodcuts. Initially published only on single sheets, the "Life of the Virgin" appeared in book form in 1511. Dürer expressively portrays Mary's life with calm, folk-like, almost humorous overtones. His impressive achievement in developing techniques for woodcuts and their interpretation as a medium is especially evident in this work. Here Dürer also aimed to apply the knowledge of perspective he had gained during his travels in Italy. The compositions are rationally conceived, and usually show frieze-like groupings of figures in grand architectural settings.


  • Title: Life of the Virgin
  • Creator: Albrecht Dürer
  • Creator Lifespan: 1471/1528
  • Date: 1501/1505
  • Provenance: Kunstsammlungen der Stadt Nürnberg
  • Type: Woodcut

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