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Madonna and Child on a Crescent Moon


An engraving depicting the Virgin Mary, also known as the Madonna, holding the baby Jesus while she stands on a crescent moon.  Mary and Jesus are surrounded by heavenly glow.

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528)  was born in Nuremburg, son of a goldsmith, and after having learned his father's craft he was apprenticed to the painter Michael Wolgemuth where he learned the art of woodcut. Durer was an intellectual, struggling with artistic problems of the renaissance, such as foreshortening, the nude figure and the human frame. His pioneering work with etching was done between 1515 and 1518. Durer was the first artist who attempted to take an impression on paper from an acid-bitten plate. His first six etchings were all done on iron, and are characterized by rather coarse lines of uniform thickness in which the irregularity in the biting is due to the texture of the material.

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)

Title: Madonna and Child on a Crescent Moon

Medium: Engraving on paper

Dates: c. 1498

Dimensions: 5 in. x 3 in.

Signature/Inscription: AD; On Plate - Lower center

Culture: German

Accession Number: A1959.27.33

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Howard M. Morse

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