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ID number:  BIRBI-56.19
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Dürer, Albrecht (1471-1528)
Title / Object name:  The Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Nuremberg
Culture:  German
Date made:  1510
Materials:  Woodcut
Measurements:  Paper 295 x 208 mm; mount: 556 x 404 mm
Provenance:  Set purchased from M.H. Salanan, May 1956, for £20

This scene from the Life of the Virgin cycle shows the Virgin Mary ascending into heaven watched by her apostles. She is accompanied by Christ and God who place a crown on her head as the Queen of Heaven, with the Holy Spirit in the form of a Dove hovering above. The Italian engraver Marcantonio Raimondi closely copied this cycle of prints, including Dürer’s famous monogram, but when Dürer discovered the fraud he took legal action.

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