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Madonna Queen of Angels

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

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




Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

In Albrecht Dürer’s richly symbolic and densely patterned woodcut, two angels hover above the Madonna and Child, preparing to crown their queen. Others celebrate the coronation by playing musical instruments. A seated cherub offers the Madonna potted lilies, a sign of her purity, while a standing angel presents grapes, a symbol of the Eucharist and Christ’s bloodshed. Like Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Eve from The Fall of Man (1962.113), Dürer’s Madonna takes center stage amongst the throng of angels and proffers her own fruit. This detail connects the Madonna, who brings eternal life through her son, Jesus, with Eve, who brings death into the world through original sin.


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Albrecht Dürer


Madonna Queen of Angels


Made 1518


Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper


304 × 213 mm (image); 307 × 217 mm (sheet)

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Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund

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