Jun 20, 2006

The Virgin Surrounded by Many Angels

The Virgin Surrounded by Many Angels


Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471–1528)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1945.112

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 211

State: I/II



In this lively woodcut, Dürer evokes the Coronation of the Virgin, the last event in the cycle of prayers known as the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. She is about to be crowned Regina caeli, the Queen of Heaven, as angels and cherubs celebrate with gifts, music-making, and merriment. Dürer’s shallow use of space and symmetrical arrangement draw attention to the Madonna’s gaze, a fixed look that conveys both her attentiveness and compassion for those who are devoted to her.

See also
PR - Woodcut
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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