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The Death of the Virgin

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.


c. 1470


Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1430/50-1491

About this artwork

In this touching interpretation of the death of Jesus’s mother Mary, Martin Schongauer displays a painter’s sense of light and shadows. He outlines the figures and fabric folds with a continuous line, implying volume and depth through fine hatching, following the contours of his forms.
Schongauer was the first graphic artist from Germany originally trained as painter. When he decided to make engravings, a logical choice given that his father was a goldsmith, Schongauer was not constrained by traditional techniques. Executed with conviction and compositional clarity, Schongauer’s masterful engravings were widely distributed, influencing generations of printmakers.


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Prints and Drawings


Martin Schongauer


The Death of the Virgin




Made 1465–1475


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


259 × 170 mm (sheet, trimmed to platemark)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

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