Skip to content

Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information

Collection

All

Search

Western art

View More:


Title

The Virgin and Child with a pear

1511


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)

(the Virgin with a pear)


Alternative title

Die Jungfrau mit der Birne


Date

1511


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving on white laid paper


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 upper c., [incised plate] "1511".


Credit

Purchased 1928


Location

Not on display


Accession number

448


Artist information

Albrecht Dürer

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, pp 4, 12.

Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'European art. The Western heritage, Renaissance to twentieth century', Sydney, 1994, pp 108–72: pp 112–13, col illus p 112.

Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 25.5.1923-28.11.1929, Sydney, 1923-1929, p 1009 (18 Sep 1928). no 11