The Virgin with a Starry Crown

The Virgin with a Starry Crown

1508

Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471-1528)

Engraving

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1934.334

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 32

State: II/II

Description

Dürer made four engravings of the Virgin and Child standing on a crescent moon. These devotional images link the Madonna with the pregnant Woman of the Apocalypse from the 12th book of Revelation. The verse says that "a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. . . " appeared in heaven, delivering a son to conquer Satan-a prefiguration of Christ.

In direct contrast with the crowned Virgin above, whose double aureole shines extravagantly around her figure, Dürer conceived the Madonna (1958.116) with simplicity and humility. In each he presents the dual roles of the Virgin as the Queen of Heaven and as the humble mother of Jesus.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving

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