The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (1504 – 1505) by Albrecht Durer

The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple - Albrecht Durer - 1504 - 1505

Artwork Information

TitleThe Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Date1504 - 1505
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

The “Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple” by Albrecht Dürer is a woodcut created between 1504 and 1505, part of the “Life of the Virgin” series. This piece of art from the Northern Renaissance is of the religious painting genre and is currently housed at the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria. The artwork employs intricate linework and detailing characteristic of woodcut prints from this period.

In the woodcut, you can see a detailed interior scene with several figures. The Virgin Mary, depicted as a young girl, ascends a staircase towards an altar where a high priest awaits. This moment captures the religious rite of the Virgin being presented to the temple.

The forefront shows an intricate depiction of everyday life, with a variety of characters populating the scene. There’s an older woman attending a stall on the left, and various other figures are engaged in discussion or movement within the composition. The level of detail extends from the figures to the architectural surroundings, which include ornate columns and arches that add a sense of depth and grandeur to the setting. The elements of both foreground and background are rendered with astonishing precision, highlighting Dürer’s mastery over the woodcut medium. There’s a noticeable contrast between the solemnity of the main event and the bustling activity at the periphery of the scene, which gives a compelling dynamic to the artwork.

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