The Virgin on a Crescent

The Life of the Virgin

The Virgin on a Crescent

c. 1510-1511

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Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471-1528)

Woodcut

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1959.99.1

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 188

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Woodcut
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Woodcut
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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