Madonna Queen of Angels

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

Date:

1518

Artist:

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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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Madonna Queen of Angels

Origin

Germany

Date

1518

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund

Reference Number

1947.159

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