Jun 1, 2006

The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench

The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench


Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471–1528)


Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1934.335

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 31



This simple and intimate scene of the Virgin nursing the Christ Child is among Dürer’s most tender depictions of the subject. With affectionate devotion the Virgin cradles the infant in a warm embrace, providing protection and essential nourishment. The gentle play of hands at the center of the composition adds to the naturalism of the scene and captures the universal bond between a mother and her child. The dead tree and the goldfinch resting on the trellis behind them allude to Jesus’s inevitable Passion, making this private moment all the more meaningful.

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PR - Engraving
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