Beautiful Mary in the Church (1519) by Albrecht Altdorfer

Beautiful Mary in the Church - Albrecht Altdorfer - 1519

Artwork Information

TitleBeautiful Mary in the Church
ArtistAlbrecht Altdorfer
Date1519
Dimensions12.1 x 9.4 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
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About Beautiful Mary in the Church

The artwork entitled “Beautiful Mary in the Church” is a religious painting by the artist Albrecht Altdorfer, created in the year 1519. This piece is a manifestation of the Northern Renaissance art movement and measures 12.1 by 9.4 cm in dimensions. It depicts a sacred theme, aiming to evoke a sense of piety and reverence through its visual narrative.

In the artwork, the Virgin Mary stands solemnly within an architectural setting that appears to be the interior of a Gothic church. Mary is adorned in traditional garb, marked by drapery that gracefully envelops her figure, giving her a statuesque presence. She holds the Christ Child, who is reaching out in a gesture that might symbolize blessing or connection with the divine. Both figures are haloed, signifying their sanctity and central place within Christian iconography.

Around them, the detail of the Gothic architecture is meticulously rendered, with arched windows, ribbed vaults, and elongated columns capturing the grandeur of ecclesiastical spaces of the period. The attention to architectural details not only establishes a sense of place but also reflects the religious and cultural significance of church buildings during the Northern Renaissance. The overall effect is one of devout serenity, with the figures seeming to exude a quiet strength amidst the silent splendor of the sacred space.

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