Jesus Christ Parting from the Virgin to go and Suffer Death

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

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

Date:

1505/36; printed 1682/1709

Artist:

Daniel Hopfer, I
German, 1470-1536

About this artwork

While artists often portrayed the Virgin lamenting her son’s suffering in Passion cycles, Daniel Hopfer I’s visionary image depicts the Virgin sobbing before Christ’s betrayal, scourging, and crucifixion. Knowing her son will die a gruesome death, she feels physical pain at his departure. Hopfer literally depicted the Virgin’s heart-wrenching pain as the hilt of a sword projecting from her chest. This rugged etching pitilessly shows an aged Virgin clinging to her grown son as tears roll down her face.

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Artist

Daniel Hopfer, I

Title

Jesus Christ Parting from the Virgin to go and Suffer Death

Origin

Germany

Date

1490–1536

Medium

Etching in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

287 x 217 mm (plate)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.3523

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