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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 96

    Albrecht Dürer

    The Virgin and Child with a Pear (B. 41; M., Holl. 33; S.M.S. 63)

    Price Realised  

    Albrecht Dürer
    The Virgin and Child with a Pear (B. 41; M., Holl. 33; S.M.S. 63)
    engraving, 1511, a fine Meder a/b impression, without watermark, with 3 mm. margins on all sides, in excellent condition
    P. 159 x 107 mm., S. 165 x 112 mm.


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    The present work is based on a preparatory drawing in the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett. It is very close to the original, including the tree, the opulent drapery, and the two towers, which are a symbol of the Virgin. But it is most interesting to see that Dürer had already thought about how to depict the light in the engraving and, with a few lines, had indicated a dark sky and deep shadows over the faces of the Madonna and Child. The entire print is surprisingly dark for this rather idyllic subject, with the figures and landscape under a heavy sky illuminated by the sharp, cold light of a full moon. Dürer was to employ this effect the following year in the Small Passion (lot 134).

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    Provenance

    A.T. Gerstaecker (L. 1077).