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Albrecht Dürer, The Death of the Virgin, (Life of the Virgin)

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)
Title:The Death of the Virgin, (Life of the Virgin)
Medium:Wood cut watermarked paper
Image:11.5 in x 8.1 in (29.1 cm x 20.6 cm)
Sheet:12 in x 8.6 in (30.5 cm x 21.8 cm)
Framed:30.5 in x 26.5 in (77.5 cm x 67.3 cm)
Signature:AD monogram, LR Virgin's bed, in plate; 1510, LL V
Condition:A good clean impression with the paper in sound condition. A couple of minor, expertly repaired tears mostly in the upper left and right corners. 1/4 - 1/2 in. margins on all 4 sides of impression
ID #w-752

Historical Description

This touching work by the Old Master Albrecht Dürer has a great emotional depth, bringing a true visual understanding of faith, sorrow and solitude to life. The attention to detail in this masterpiece is astounding as evidenced in the intricate engraving and fine twill-work on the Virgin's bed thus depicting Dürer's care and reverence in his portrayal of this bed of serenity, comfort and peace. The Men surrounding her in their state of mourning are each very distinct and purposefully set into this admirable scene of love and devotion. A true work of unparalleled talent, The Death of the Virgin will offer endless awe-inspiring amazement and appreciation.

The Death of the Virgin is printed on fine laid handmade paper with the "Eagle with Flower" watermark, which dates this particular impression to the 16th Century. (M. 222, Br. 262 - 263)

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced. (Copies of the documentation will be enclosed as added to the invoice which I will accompany the final sale of the work.)

1) Briquet, Charles, Moïse. Les Filligranes: Dictionnaire Historique DesMarques Du Papier Dés Leur Apparition Vers 1282 Jisqu'en 1600, tome 1-A - CH, 1923. Watermarks shown as numbers 262 and 263.

2) Holzschnitte und Holzschnittfolgen. Albrecht Dürer: Das Druckgraphische Werk, Band II, 2002, Discussion of Der Tod Mariens, on pages 271-272, shown on page 273.

3) Kurth, Willi Dr. The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer, 1946. page 184.

4) Pawlak, Manfred. Albrecht Dürer: 1471 bis 1528, Das gesamte Graphische Werk, Druckgraphik, Band II. Page 1584-1585.

5) Scheller, Robert W. and Boon, Karel G. The Graphic Art of Albrecht Dürer, Hans Dürer and the Dürer School, 1971. Listed as plate 205 on page 162.

6) Strauss, Walter L. Albrecht Dürer, Woodcuts and Wood Blocks, 1980. Listed as plate 98 on page 323.

About the Framing:
The Death of the Virgin has received full archival treatment in its framing to insure the quality and longevity of the piece. It is encased in a Spanish-style black and gold frame with gilded detail inspired by floral motifs. Set in a closed-corner frame with matching gold inner fillet with white, linen-wrapped mats behind a Plexiglas cover.

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