Madonna Crowned By An Angel (1520) by Albrecht Durer

Madonna Crowned By An Angel - Albrecht Durer - 1520

Artwork Information

TitleMadonna Crowned By An Angel
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Madonna Crowned By An Angel

The artwork titled “Madonna Crowned By An Angel” is an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1520. As an exemplar of the Northern Renaissance movement, it falls within the genre of religious painting. Currently, this piece resides within a private collection and is celebrated for its intricate detail and religious significance.

The engraving features the Virgin Mary with a halo around her head, sitting with the Christ Child, Jesus, on her lap. An angel is depicted above her, in the act of crowning Mary. The detail in the artwork is meticulous, with the folds of Mary’s drapery and the angel’s wings having a remarkable sense of texture and depth. Dürer’s skill in capturing the essence of the figures and the divine scene is evident. The background suggests a domestic setting, yet it contrasts with the supernatural event taking place, with the serene landscape viewable from afar. The intensity of the expressions on the subjects’ faces showcases the tenderness of the mother-child relationship and the sanctity of Mary in Christian iconography. Albrecht Dürer’s signature and the date can commonly be found in such engravings, often worked into the scene in an inconspicuous manner.

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