Jun 6, 2006

Joachim's Offering Rejected by the High Priest

The Life of the Virgin

Joachim's Offering Rejected by the High Priest

c. 1504–1505

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Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471–1528)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1959.99.2

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 189



The first three woodcuts of Dürer’s narrative (1959.99.2-4) portray the events leading up to the Virgin’s birth. According to an apocryphal text, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, had remained childless into old age. After Joachim’s offering at the temple was rejected for this reason, the angel Gabriel appeared to him in the wilderness to announce that his wife would soon bear a child. At this news, the two tenderly embraced at the city’s gate.

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PR - Woodcut
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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