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Virgin with a Starry Crown


An engraving depciting the Madonna hold the baby Jesus.  She appears to be standing on or near a crescent moon.  She is also wearing a crown and his surrounded by a heavenly glow.  There is also a face facing upward at the feet of the Madonna.  It is partially obscured by her dress.

Albrecht Durer 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: Virgin with a Starry Crown

Medium: Engraving on paper

Dates: 1508

Dimensions: 5 in. x 3 in.

Signature/Inscription: AD/1508; In plate - Lower left

Culture: German

Accession Number: A1959.27.34

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Howard M. Morse

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