Feast of the Rosary (1506) by Albrecht Durer

Feast of the Rosary - Albrecht Durer - 1506

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TitleFeast of the Rosary
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Dimensions162 x 194.5 cm
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationNational Gallery in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

About Feast of the Rosary

The “Feast of the Rosary” is an artwork by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1506. It is an oil painting on panel measuring 162 by 194.5 cm. The painting belongs to the Northern Renaissance art movement and is categorized as a religious painting. It is currently located in the National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic.

The painting depicts a scene of the Virgin Mary seated under a lush canopy at the center, dressed in a rich blue robe and holding the Christ Child, who is reaching out to a kneeling figure wearing a crown, possibly a representation of a royal donor or patron. To their left stands a group of men wearing the outfits of the German Landsknechts, while on the right, leaning against a tree, there is a lute player. The composition is dense, with numerous figures in contemporary clothing, emphasizing the earthly connection to the divine, which was a characteristic of Northern Renaissance religious art.

Around the Virgin Mary, little floating angels hover, holding a crown above her head, an allusion to her role as the Queen of Heaven. In the background, a serene, detailed landscape opens up with mountains and a city that adds depth to the scene. The painting is rich in symbolism and detail, reflective of Dürer’s mastery during the flourishing of Renaissance art in Northern Europe.

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