Madonna By The Tree (1513) by Albrecht Durer

Madonna By The Tree - Albrecht Durer - 1513

Artwork Information

TitleMadonna By The Tree
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Madonna By The Tree

The artwork “Madonna by the Tree” is an engraving created by the artist Albrecht Dürer in 1513. This piece is a product of the Northern Renaissance, an art movement known for its meticulous attention to detail and its blending of Gothic and classical influences. The religious painting, which is currently held in a private collection, depicts a common genre of the time.

The engraving illustrates the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child. Both figures are placed near a large, leafless tree trunk, which enhances the sense of intimacy between mother and child. Mary is gently cradling the child while looking tenderly at him. The scene is serene, with both figures possessing soft and tranquil expressions. The detailed rendering of textures, such as Mary’s flowing robes and the foliage around them, alongside the meticulous linework, is characteristic of Dürer’s skilful technique. Elements like the delicate hatching and atmospheric perspective in the background landscape further exemplify the Northern Renaissance artists’ fascination with naturalism and detail.

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