The Virgin Mary in Prayer (1518) by Albrecht Durer

The Virgin Mary in Prayer - Albrecht Durer - 1518

Artwork Information

TitleThe Virgin Mary in Prayer
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationGemaldegalerie, Berlin, Germany

About The Virgin Mary in Prayer

Albrecht Dürer’s artwork titled “The Virgin Mary in Prayer” is a religious painting from the Northern Renaissance dated to 1518. It is executed in oil on panel and is currently housed in the Gemaldegalerie in Berlin, Germany. The composition portrays the Virgin Mary in a moment of prayer, reflective of the devotional practices and iconography of the time.

The painting depicts a serene and contemplative Virgin Mary, with her hands clasped in prayer. Her gaze is directed slightly upwards, possibly toward the heavens, suggesting her communication with the divine. The Virgin Mary is adorned with a blue headscarf, a symbol of her purity, and a red-orange cloak, which may represent her motherly love and the passion of Christ. The colors used are vibrant and the textural details in her clothing suggest Dürer’s skilled use of oil paints to create depth and realism. The background is relatively simple, with an emphasis on Mary’s figure, capturing the essence of her spiritual grace and poise.

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