Albrecht Dürer, ‘The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne (B. 29; M., Holl. 43; S.M.S. 27)’, ca. 1500, Christie's Old Masters

Engraving, circa 1500, with part of a Bull's Head watermark (M. 62), a fine Meder a impression, printing with a subtle plate tone, trimmed to or just outside the subject, a short repaired tear and tiny surface loss at the lower left sheet corner, otherwise in good condition.

Norbert Handwerk (born 1909), Munich and Switzerland, with his paraphe in pencil verso; Christie's, New York, Engravings, Etchings and Drypoints by Albrecht Dürer from a Private Swiss Collection, 19 November 1986, lot 481 (US$7,150).

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