Death of the Virgin (1508 – 1510) by Albrecht Durer

Death of the Virgin - Albrecht Durer - 1508 - 1510

Artwork Information

TitleDeath of the Virgin
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1508 - 1510
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Death of the Virgin

The “Death of the Virgin” by Albrecht Durer is a religious artwork created between 1508 and 1510 during the Northern Renaissance. It is a highly detailed image depicting the moment of the Virgin Mary’s passing, surrounded by the apostles and other figures in a room dense with emotion and religious significance.

In this drawing, the central figure, the Virgin Mary, is lying on a bed, appearing peaceful as if sleeping or having just passed away. Surrounding her are numerous figures, likely the apostles and other mourners, who exhibit various expressions of grief and solemn reverence. The room is architecturally detailed, with a vaulted ceiling hinting at a church or another kind of religious setting. Some figures are in prayer, while others look on somberly or discuss among themselves the significance of this moment. There is a pronounced depth to the perspective that draws the viewer’s gaze naturally towards Mary, emphasizing her as the focal point of the scene. The drawing is executed with fine lines and careful hatching, demonstrating Durer’s mastery of detail and composition. The initials “AD” can be seen on the work, representing Durer’s signature.

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