Albrecht Dürer, ‘Madonna With the Pear’, 1511, Galerie d'Orsay

Trimmed down to the platemark on all foursides, otherwise in excellent condition.
Commentators have differed as to whether the “Madonna with the Pear” is the most beautiful of the Dürer Madonnas, but there is no doubt that it is a tour de force demonstration of Durer's mastery. The composition is classic, but the portrait is far from a quiet repose - there is a tension between the Virgin and the Child; some commentators have suggested that the pear is here being used as a pacifier (as opposed the "apple of discord" or temptation).

Signature: Signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram on a tablet lower left, dated on a tablet upper center.

Collections in which impressions of this state of this engraving can be found: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden; Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Graphische Sammlung), Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer Master Printmaker, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1971, no. 109, p. 137 (ill.).;
Albrecht Dürer Graphic Master: An exhibition at the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1971, no. 35.

ex-collection Württemberg (German, c. 1842), a Danzig collector of prints and drawings who assembled a broad collection of the works of the Great Masters, bearing his hand-written monogram [Lugt 2606] in black ink verso.

About Albrecht Dürer

Considered one of the foremost artists of the Renaissance period, Albrecht Dürer’s extensive work in printmaking transformed the categorization of the medium from craft to fine art. Often depicting religious subjects, Dürer’s woodcuts and engravings demonstrated unprecedented technical skill, tonal variation, and compositional sophistication. Dürer theorized extensively on linear perspective and anatomical proportion, concerns that were articulated in a vast body of written work as well as in his paintings and prints. Dürer’s skill earned him the role of court artist for Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian I and Charles V, under whom he created a number of paintings and altarpieces. Dürer’s series of self-portraits, created throughout his career, represent some of his most iconic works.

German, 1471-1528, Nuremberg, Germany, based in Nuremberg, Germany