Madonna and child on the grassy bank (1515) by Albrecht Durer

Madonna and child on the grassy bank - Albrecht Durer - 1515

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TitleMadonna and child on the grassy bank
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
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About Madonna and child on the grassy bank

“Madonna and Child on the Grassy Bank” is a sketch by Albrecht Dürer, dated to 1515, belonging to the Northern Renaissance period. Dürer is highly regarded for his draughtsmanship and profound influence on the Renaissance in Northern Europe. His works are known for their remarkable detail, which brought together Italian Renaissance techniques and the Northern European attention to precision and naturalism.

The artwork is a drawing that portrays the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child, seated on a grassy bank. This scene is a common subject in Christian art, capturing the intimacy between mother and child. The drawing exhibits Dürer’s delicate handling of the medium, with Mary shown in a serene pose, gazing downward at the Christ Child, who appears lively and full of energy. The composition includes background studies, possibly indicating a broader scene or different concepts Dürer was considering. Distinctive for Dürer’s art, there are multiple sketches and studies within the same sheet, revealing his artistic process and thought patterns. The sketch displays the blend of religious themes and lifelike human expression that characterizes much of Dürer’s oeuvre and contributes to the rich legacy of the Northern Renaissance.

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