The Birth of Mary

Anonymous (Germany)c. 1520



Anne lies in a big four-poster bed with green curtains. She has just given birth to her daughter Mary, who will later become the mother of Jesus. While Anne recovers, two maternity nurses occupy themselves with the child. A midwife is taking a rest from her work at the table.

An anonymous German painter copied this panel from a print by Dürer. Not only did he copy the composition, but also the attention to everyday details, such as the still-life on the table.

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  • Title: The Birth of Mary
  • Creator: Anonymous (Germany)
  • Date Created: c. 1520
  • Physical Dimensions: h110 cm x w97 cm
  • Provenance: Friedrich Lippmann, Berlin, before 1903-1912 (sale Berlin, Lepke, 26 November 1912, lot 49, to Von Pannwitz); Walter von Pannwitz (1856-1920), Berlin, 1912-1920; his widow, Cathalina von Pannwitz-Roth (1876-1959), Bennebroek and Heemstede, 1920-1940, as H.S. von Kulmbach; sold by her to Hermann Göring, Berlin, 18 October 1940; Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit, (inv. no. NK 2559); on loan to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1948-1951; on loan to the Mauritshuis, 1951-1960; transferred, 1960
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel