Madonna and Child on a Stone Bench (1520) by Albrecht Durer

Madonna and Child on a Stone Bench - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitleMadonna and Child on a Stone Bench
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia

About Madonna and Child on a Stone Bench

The artwork titled “Madonna and Child on a Stone Bench” is a religious drawing created by the artist Albrecht Dürer in 1520. It was made using pen and is associated with the Northern Renaissance movement. Currently, the piece is housed at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Russia. The genre of this work is religious painting, although it might be more accurately categorized as a religious drawing given its medium.

The image depicts the Virgin Mary seated on a stone bench, holding the Christ Child on her lap. The form is executed with delicate pen lines, showcasing fine craftsmanship and attention to detail, which is characteristic of Dürer’s work. The Virgin Mary is portrayed with a serene and gentle expression, looking down at the Christ Child, who appears lively and is engaging with his mother. Both figures are encapsulated with an aura of holiness, with a subtle halo visible around Mary’s head, suggesting their divine nature. The clothing of the figures is rendered with fine strokes, imparting texture and volume, and the overall composition carries a sense of intimacy and tenderness between mother and child.

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