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Saint Anne, the Virgin, and Child

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

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




Artist unknown
German, 15th century

About this artwork

This tender family grouping—with Saint Anne, the mother of Mary, shielding her daughter and Jesus in her cloak— emphasizes Christ’s maternal line of descent from King David. The oval format of the engraving plate and the impression’s small size suggest it could have functioned as a devotional medallion, whether pasted onto a cardboard support as jewelry, slipped into a pocket or a hatband, or glued into a prayer book.


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Saint Anne, the Virgin, and Child


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving in black on cream laid paper


Image/sheet: 4.5 × 3.8 cm (1 13/16 × 1 1/2 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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