The Annunciation (1511) by Albrecht Durer

The Annunciation - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleThe Annunciation
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About The Annunciation

“The Annunciation,” a remarkable artwork created by Albrecht Durer in 1511, is a woodcut that is notably a part of “The Small Passion” series. The piece is reflective of the Northern Renaissance art movement and embodies the religious painting genre. Currently, this artwork is housed at the British Museum in London, UK. The artwork captures a pivotal moment in religious narrative—the announcement by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God.

The composition is rich with symbolic detail and finely executed lines characteristic of woodcut prints. The angel is depicted with magnificent wings and is gesturing towards Mary as a sign of communication of the divine message. Between them, one notices the Holy Spirit, rendered as a dove, descending in rays of light, signifying the moment of divine intervention. The Virgin Mary is portrayed with a humble and accepting expression, her posture one of subservience and devotion. In the background, the finesse of Durer’s work is evident in the architectural details, adding depth to the scene. The use of light and shadow in this woodcut enhances the drama and divinity of the depicted scene, imbuing the artwork with a sense of reverence and solemnity.

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