Sitting Mary with child (c.1514) by Albrecht Durer

Sitting Mary with child - Albrecht Durer - c.1514

Artwork Information

TitleSitting Mary with child
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Sitting Mary with child

The artwork “Sitting Mary with child” is a creation by Albrecht Dürer, dated around 1514. It falls within the Northern Renaissance art movement and is classified as a sketch and study. This piece exemplifies Dürer’s skill in capturing the essence of his subjects through deft lines and careful study.

The sketch portrays the Virgin Mary seated, holding the Child Jesus. The lines are delicate yet precise, with a sense of depth and texture in the drapery of Mary’s clothing. Despite its unfinished state, the artwork conveys emotion and a serene intimacy between mother and child. Dürer’s use of light and shadow, even in such a preliminary work, demonstrates his mastery of form and composition characteristic of the Northern Renaissance. The upper right corner appears to have the date of the work inscribed, corroborating its creation time. Overall, the sketch displays a high level of craftsmanship and serves as an insight into the artist’s process.

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