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Title

The Virgin and Child with a pear

1511

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Germany

24 May 1471 - 05 Apr 1528

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Albrecht Dürer

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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