Albrecht Dürer, The Rejection of Joachim's Offering (The Life of the Virgin), c. 1504

Artist: Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)
Title:The Rejection of Joachim's Offering (The Life of the Virgin), c. 1504
Reference:B. 77, M. 189
Medium:Original Woodcut
Image:11 5/8 in x 8 3/8 in (29.5 cm x 21.2 cm)
Sheet:11 7/8 in x 8 1/2 in (30.2 cm x 21.6 cm)
Framed:29 1/2 in x 26 1/8 in (74.9 cm x 66.4 cm)
Edition:From the Meder edition of 1511 with the Latin text on verso; printed on fine laid paper with the Flower with Triangle watermark (M. 127, B. 1685), dating the piece to c. 1471-1524.
Signature:Featuring the signature monogram of Albrecht Dürer (Nuremburg, 1471 - Nuremburg, 1528) on a slate in the lower center of the image.
Condition:In excellent condition, a dark, crisp impression.
ID #w-3154
USD $16,500 GBP £12,375

Historical Description

Created in c. 1504, this stunning woodcut features Albrecht Dürer's (Nuremburg, 1471 - Nuremburg, 1528) signature monogram on a slate in the lower center of the image. This work has also been dated to c. 1471-1524 by the Flower with Triangle watermark (M. 127, B. 1685) within the fine, laid paper on which this woodcut has been printed. This piece is from the Meder edition of 1511 with the Latin text on verso.

W.Strauss states of this piece, "Joachim's disappointment over the rejection of his and St. Anne's offering is shown clearly by his stance and expression. The High Priest, Ruben, declined the sacrifice asserting that the long, childless marriage of Joachim and Anna must be due to sin. It was not until later that Mary was born. The story about the Virgin's parents and the youth of Christ is related in two apocryphal books: The Book of James and the Gospel of Thomas. Both books were condemned by St. Jerome, but remained popular. In the eighth or ninth century, they were combined to a volume entitled Liber de Infantia, and it was probably an edition of this text that becomes Dürer's source for this woodcut. The scene is in the Temple of Jerusalem; its "Holy of Holies" hidden by a curtain. The tablets of the Law are only partially visible. With them the crumbling walls and the burnt out candle denote the demise of the Old Law. Joachim's offering was a dove and a lamb, the lamb of innocence, symbolic of the New Faith." (Strauss, p. 312).

DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:

1) Bartsch. (1981). The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 10. Edited by Walter L. Strauss. Abaris Books: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonnè no. 77.

2) Kurth, W. Dr. (1946). The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 175.

3) Meder, J. (1932). Dürer-Katalog. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 189.

4) Pawlak, M. Albrecht Dürer: 1471 bis 1528, Das gesamte Graphische Werk, Druckgraphik, Band II. Listed and illustrated as plate no. 1552 and 1553.

5) Scheller, R. W. and Boon, K. G. (1971). The Graphic Art of Albrecht Dürer, Hans Dürer and the Dürer School. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 189.

6) Schoch, R. (2002). Albrecht Dürer: Das druckgraphische Werk, Band II Holzschnitte und Holzschnittfolgen. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 167.

7) Strauss, W. L. (1980). Albrecht Dürer, Woodcuts and Wood Blocks. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 94 on pgs. 312-13. Flower with Triangle watermark listed on pg. 706.

8) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

ABOUT THE FRAMING:
Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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