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Title

The Virgin and Child with a pear


Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Germany

24 May 1471 - 05 Apr 1528


About

The Virgin offers the Christ Child a pear (a symbol of pacification) instead of an apple, which would remind the viewer of the Fall of Man. The relationship between the mother and the child is less formal than Dürer’s earlier renditions of the theme. The background affords a deep view through the pointed arch of a massive city gate. But our eye is also encouraged to wander over the surface and relish details such as the swirling folds of the Virgin’s drapery, the spiralling tree trunk and the uniform hatchings of the sky with its drifting clouds.


Details


Other Titles

Madonna with the pear

The Madonna and child with pear


Date

1511


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Edition

i of 1 state


Dimensions

15.8 x 10.8 cm image/sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Signed l.l., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Dated u.centre, [incised plate] "1511".


Credit

Purchased 1928


Location

Not on display


Accession number

448


Artist information

Albrecht Dürer

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Nicolas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, 'Introduction', pg. 3-5, Sydney, 1991, 4, 12 (illus.). no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 112 (colour illus.).