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Maker(s):Dürer, Albrecht
Culture:German (1471-1528)
Title:The Birth of the Virgin, from The Life of the Virgin series
Date Made:ca. 1503
Measurements:Overall: 11 11/16 in x 8 5/16 in ; 29.7 cm x 21.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1975.78
Credit Line:Gift in honor of Professor Otto-Manthey Zorn by Dr. Beekman J. Delatour, Class of 1911
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

From the Life of the Virgin, after 1511

Label Text:
Dürer’s series of the "Life of the Virgin" consists of 20 woodcuts published between 1500-1511, within which the "Birth of the Virgin" appears as the fifth print. In these woodcuts, Dürer conveyed foreground architectural surfaces with a dashed series of lines and created spatial depth by increasingly tightening the spaces between hatches towards the background. When he wished for a darker tone, Dürer employed angled cross-hatching, and an even, curved hatching to delineate the three-dimensionality of the figures and drapery.

Written by Susan Anderson, Ph.D., interim Mellon Coordinator of College Programs, 2009

architecture; narrative; religion; Christianity; figures; mother and child; angels

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