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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    Albrecht Dürer

    The Virgin and Child with a Monkey (B. 42; M., Holl. 30; S.M.S. 20)

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    Albrecht Dürer
    The Virgin and Child with a Monkey (B. 42; M., Holl. 30; S.M.S. 20)
    engraving, circa 1498, a fine, black Meder a impression, with very good contrasts, without watermark, trimmed on or just outside the platemark, Somary's mark just showing through, a few pale pinpoint foxmarks visible only verso, generally in very good condition
    S. 191 x 123 mm.


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    The Virgin with Child with the Monkey is a marvel of mimesis. Everything - the monkey, the wooden planks, the plants, the Virgin's body under her dress, the reflections in the water, the house in the background, the wind in the willows and the clouds - is described with the utmost realism. The extent to which Dürer used his own studies from nature for the composition of his prints is particularly apparent in this engraving. The little island with the house and the willows, the darkening sky and even the tuft of grass on the left are taken directly from a watercolour he painted around 1496, probably in situ, somewhere outside Nuremberg (British Museum; W. 115).

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    Provenance

    F. Somary (his stamp verso, not in Lugt).