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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 23

    Albrecht Dürer

    The Holy Family with three Hares (B. 102; M., Holl. 212; S.M.S. 108)

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    Estimate

    Albrecht Dürer
    The Holy Family with three Hares (B. 102; M., Holl. 212; S.M.S. 108)
    woodcut, circa 1497, a very fine, rich and even Meder a impression, watermark Imperial Orb (M. 53), trimmed to or just outside the borderline, in excellent condition
    B., S. 390 x 282 mm.


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    The Holy Family with the three Hares is arguably the most charming of the artist's woodcuts and one of the few idyllic images Dürer created in the medium. Mary, with the Christ Child standing on her knees, is seated in a walled garden, the hortus conclusus, a symbol of her virginity. She is surrounded by flowers and herbs growing around the grassy bench. In the foreground three rabbits play, in the background lies an open valley. Joseph has removed his hat and stands at a respectful distance, gazing in wonder at the child. Jesus however has no eyes for the natural beauty and abundance around him; instead he is leafing through a book, as if reading his own destiny.

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    Provenance

    Albertina, Vienna, with their de-accession stamp (cf. L. 174).
    F. Somary (his stamp verso, not in Lugt).