Albrecht Dürer, ‘The Virgin and Child crowned by one Angel (B. 37; M., Holl. 41; S.M.S. 92)’, 1520, Christie's Old Masters

Engraving, 1520, without watermark, a very good, warm Meder a impression, with thread margins, a short, very skilfully repaired tear at the upper sheet edge at centre, otherwise in very good condition.

As the final essay on the theme of the Madonna and Child, the present work is a summary of many of the earlier versions. Having found a solution for the lighting of the scene, Dürer reintroduces the crowning angel, the landscape in the distance and even the little songbird, reinstating the symbolic richness and detail of the earlier Madonnas whilst maintaining the monumental quality of more recent works.

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