Albrecht Dürer / Virgin and Child with Saint Anne / probably 1519Albrecht Dürer
Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
probably 1519

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Creator Name: Dürer, Albrecht
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: German, 1471-1528
Creator Name-CRT: Albrecht Dürer
Title: Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1519
Creation End Date: 1519
Creation Date: probably 1519
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on wood
Dimensions: 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (60 x 49.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 14.40.633
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

This picture, by the greatest German Renaissance artist, was intended for private devotion. It shows Saint Anne (who was particularly venerated in Germany) with her daughter, the Virgin Mary, and the Christ Child. Although the monogram and date are later additions, the picture was probably painted in 1519. That year, Dürer became an ardent follower of Martin Luther. The motif of the Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ Child was probably inspired by the Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini, whose art Dürer admired during his two trips to Italy.

The painting was acquired in 1630 by Maximilian I, elector of Bavaria, and remained in the royal collection at Schlessheim until it was sold in 1852.

AMICA ID: MMA_.14.40.633
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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