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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    Albrecht Dürer

    Christ taking leave from His Mother, from The Life of the Virgin (B. 92; M., Holl. 204; S.M.S. 182)

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    Albrecht Dürer
    Christ taking leave from His Mother, from The Life of the Virgin (B. 92; M., Holl. 204; S.M.S. 182)
    woodcut, circa 1504, a fine, early proof before the Latin text edition of 1511, watermark High Crown (M. 20), trimmed on, to or just outside the borderline, in excellent condition
    S. 295 x 208 mm.


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    The woodcut of Christ taking leave from his Mother, a moment in the Life of the Virgin that is described neither in the Gospels nor the Apocrypha, is one of the more overt references to the Passion of Christ in the series. The group of figures comprising the Virgin, Martha and Mary Magdalene is very much reminiscent of a Lamentation. However Dürer has refrained from depicting any actual scenes from the Passion within the Life of the Virgin, thereby breaking with tradition, which would have seen the inclusion of the Betrayal, the Flagellation, the Crucifixion and the Death of Christ as four of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

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    Provenance

    F. von Hagens (L. 1052 a).
    F. Somary (his stamp verso, not in Lugt).