Christ Taking Leave of His Mother (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ Taking Leave of His Mother - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist Taking Leave of His Mother
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Dimensions43.2 x 37.1 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK
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About Christ Taking Leave of His Mother

Albrecht Durer’s “Christ Taking Leave of His Mother” is a poignant depiction of the moment before Jesus embarks on his final journey to Jerusalem, aware that it will culminate in his Passion and death. This scene is not directly taken from the Bible but is inspired by devotional texts and religious plays. It reflects a type of spirituality that emerged in the 14th century, emphasizing empathy with Christ’s suffering.

In the print, we see the Virgin Mary overcome with grief at the prospect of her son’s impending fate. She has collapsed and is supported by Mary Magdalene, while Jesus blesses her, showing a serene acceptance of his destiny.

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