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Albrecht Dürer
Madonna By the Wall

1514

$11,900

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Original engraving printed in black ink on laid paper bearing a “Letter S with Flower in a Circle” watermark. Dated and signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram on a tablet at the center of the right edge. A good, clean and even later 16th century impression of Meder’s second and final state, printed after the skillful retouching of the plate. Catalog: Strauss 78; Bartsch 40; Dodgson 72; Panofsky 147; Meder 36.II; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 73. 5 13/16 x 3 15/16 inches In excellent condition, trimmed down to the platemark on all four sides. Literature regarding this artwork: Albrecht Dürer Master Printmaker, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1971, no. 185, p. 218 (ill.).; Albrecht Dürer Graphic Master: An exhibition at the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1971, no. 61; Jane Campbell Hutchison, Albrecht Dürer: A Biography, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1990, pp. 122-23. In 1827 the scholar Joseph Heller called this “the most perfect and rare of all Dürer’s engravings.”  In 1888 S.R. Koehler assigned to it “a special place among all of Dürer’s plates.”  It is transitional from the technique of deep black lines to a more even-tempered, silvery mat texture.  Its mood is almost tragic, akin to that of “Melachholia I,” perhaps because of the death of Dürer’s mother, which occurred on May 14, 1514.  In 1905 Heinrich Wöllfin considered the “Madonna by the Wall” the ultimate of Dürer’s Madonnas: “It need not be analyzed.  The composition is so natural that everything falls into place.  Nowhere is there a rupture of contours.  The expression is achieved by forms within the silhouette.  The harmony of tone is incomparable.”  “The Madonna by the Wall” represents a perfect coincidence of apparent opposites.  Regal, virginal, yet humble and motherly.  Its utmost precision of design is combined in incomparable softness of texture.  In the background appears the castle of Nuremberg, which Dürer could see from the windows of his house.

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