Mother of God with Baby and St. Anna, Albrecht Durer, 1519
- Posted by Albrecht Durer
- Museum: Metropolitan Museum
- Year: 1519
Overview of the painting :
Our Lady with Baby and St. Anna – Albrecht Durer. 1519. Oil on canvas. 60 x 49.8 cm
Albrecht Durer is one of the prominent founders of not only the German Renaissance, but also all European art of the Renaissance and Reformation. The great painter managed to merge together the attention to the form characteristic of the Italian tradition, the generous use of color and the depth of feelings with scrupulous accuracy, imagination and a heightened vision characteristic of German culture, reaching exceptional heights in this. Initially, an unsolicited work eventually passed into the collection of Bavarian Kurfürsts.
The plot, dedicated to St. Anne, depicted next to Madonna and the baby, was one of the favorite iconographic motives of German art. However, in revealing the theme of Our Lady with a sleeping Jesus (a symbol of the future death of Christ) noticeably the influence of Giovanni Bellini, whose work Dührer could see during his travels in Italy, Saint Anne, whose hand, as a sign of love and patronage, rests on the daughter’s shoulder, the artist gave the features of similarity with his wife Agnes: a drawing related to this work is stored in the Albertina Library in Vienna, dated 1519.on which the wife of Dürera is represented as a saint. Nevertheless, the figures are monumental, and the balanced composition is filled with deep emotional strength, which is explained, perhaps, by the fact that at a time when Dürer intended to write this picture, he was turned into Lutheranism.