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An image of Joachim and the angel by Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

(Germany 24 May 1471 – 05 Apr 1528)

Joachim and the angel
circa 1504
Media category
Materials used
Latin text edition of 1511

30.0 x 21.0 cm image; 31.3 x 21.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Not dated.
Purchased 1937
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

An angel appears to Joachim (father of the Virgin Mary) to announce the impending birth of his daughter. The angel's message comes in the form of an official document hung with seals. This woodcut belongs to the 'Life of the Virgin' series. The series of nineteen prints was published in 1511, with a frontispiece and Latin text on the verso of each sheet, although Dürer had designed most of the woodcuts between 1503 and 1505.

Bibliography (1)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 12.

Exhibition history (4)

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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