The Holy Family with Three Hares

A work made of woodcut in black on off-white laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black on off-white laid paper.

Date:

c. 1496

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer used his early large-scale woodcuts to show the unprecedented delicacy of line that he could coax from a solid wooden block. This charming outdoor scene of the Virgin, Joseph, and the Christ Child is brimming with symbolism—from the Virgin’s miraculous fertility, as implied by the three playful hares in the lower margin, to the coral necklace around Christ’s neck, which, in its bloodlike beads, both protected him from the plague and presaged his death on the cross.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

The Holy Family with Three Hares

Origin

Germany

Date

1496

Medium

Woodcut in black on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

390 x 282 mm

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment and Robert Waller Fund

Reference Number

1964.87

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