The Life of the Virgin

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)c. 1510-11

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The frontispiece of the series is a modification of the devotional imagery Dürer used in his depictions of the Virgin and Child standing in a crescent moon. Here, he also incorporated the themes of the nursing Madonna and the Madonna of Humility, often shown seated. In doing so, Dürer fused the Virgin’s regal, motherly, and humble natures into one striking image.

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  • Title: The Life of the Virgin
  • Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
  • Date Created: c. 1510-11
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1959.99
  • Medium: woodcut
  • Series: The Life of the Virgin
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: Germany, early 16th Century
  • Credit Line: Dudley P. Allen Fund
  • Collection: PR - Woodcut
  • Accession Number: 1959.99

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