Jun 6, 2006

The Death of the Virgin

The Life of the Virgin

The Death of the Virgin


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Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471-1528)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1959.99.18

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 205



Dürer depicted the scene of the Virgin’s death (1959.99.18) as an intimate one, with the apostles keeping vigil around her deathbed. Three days later they witnessed Mary’s bodily assumption into paradise where she was crowned the Queen of Heaven (1959.99.19). The final print (1959.99.20), which some believe was conceived independently from the series because it falls outside of the typical narrative, shows the Virgin in a domestic setting surrounded by several saints, angels, and putti that celebrate her life-an especially fitting way to end the series.

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PR - Woodcut
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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