Madonna by the Wall

1514
Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch (intaglio) 040; Meder 36, I, b

Dimensions

Sheet: 14.7 x 10.1 cm (5 13/16 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

68.205

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Mary and the baby Jesus sit at the edge of a walled city, their bodies as stable and monumental as the blocks of stone structuring the space around them in cubic rectangles. Subtle shifts in tone infuse the scene with a silver light. Delicately engraved lines and dots define a variety of textures, including the satiny fabric of Mary’s cloak and the fur trim of her dress.

Markings

No visible watermark

Provenance

P. Mariette (Lugt 1790), Friedrich August II (Lugt 971); ; Tomás Harris (England, 1908-1964); purchased through P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London by MFA April 10,1968

Credit Line

Katherine E. Bullard Fund in memory of Francis Bullard