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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 91

    Albrecht Dürer

    The Holy Family with Joachim and Anne under a Tree (B. 96; M., Holl. 215; S.M.S. 226)

    Price Realised  

    Albrecht Dürer
    The Holy Family with Joachim and Anne under a Tree (B. 96; M., Holl. 215; S.M.S. 226)
    woodcut, 1511, a very good Meder a impression, without watermark, trimmed to the borderline, minor traces of old adhesive and pale staining on the reverse, otherwise in very good condition
    S. 234 x 157 mm.


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    Of the smaller, devotional woodcuts this is certainly one of the most beautiful. The movement of the Child Christ, as he climbs from his mother's lap to his grandmother creates a wonderful connection between the Virgin and her mother Anne, which is so different from the relation between the two in The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne (lot 35) where Mary almost seems to pull the Christ Child away. Here Christ connects the two couples, Anne and Joachim at the left and Mary and Joseph at the right, and the two sides of the image, which are divided by the tree. The tree itself is carefully described, as is the sunlight which bathes the little scene. The whole image has an idyllic charm and friendly intimacy, which make the Holy Family approachable and human.

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    Provenance

    Cleveland Museum of Art (L. 449 c), with their duplicate stamp (L. 605 d).
    An unidentified collector's mark (similar to L. 2937 a or L. 844).
    With P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London.