Albrecht Dürer, ‘The Virgin with the Dragonfly’, 1495, Galerie d'Orsay

A strong, dark 16th century Meder “g” impression, with strong contrasts throughout, showing the horizontal scratch emanating from God the Father’s orb toward the right, printed circa 1560.

Signature: Signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram lower center.

Bartsch 44; Panofsky 151; Meder 42g (of k); Strauss 4; Schoch / Mende / Scherbaum 2

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