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    Sale 7375

    The Genius of the German Renaissance: Prints by Albrecht Dürer

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    Albrecht Dürer

    The Virgin with the swaddled Child (B. 38; M., Holl. 40; S.M.S. 91)

    Price Realised  


    Albrecht Dürer
    The Virgin with the swaddled Child (B. 38; M., Holl. 40; S.M.S. 91)
    engraving, 1520, a fine Meder a impression, printing with the selectively wiped tone characteristic of early impressions, the tone softening the lines radiating at the top, without watermark, with 3-4 mm. margins on all sides, in excellent condition
    P. 142 x 96 mm., S. 148 x 101 mm.

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    Dürer's treatment of the present work is not quite as spare as the Virgin nursing the Child (lot 115). He has opened up the image and hinted at a landscape in the background, and included some detail, such as the cushion and the stony ground. He did however keep the overall darkness of the image whilst intensifying the effect of the the Virgin's halo by placing her head in the centre of the sky, and by treating the radiating lines even more systematically, as if the entire sky was illuminated by her radiance.

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    P. Davidsohn (L. 654); C. G. Boerner, Leipzig, 3 - 8 May 1920, lot 1457 (8,000 Mk.).
    With P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London.
    This impression cited in Hollstein's list of sales.


    This impression recorded in Hollstein's list of sales.