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ID number:  BIRBI-56.18
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Dürer, Albrecht (1471-1528)
Title / Object name:  The Death of the Virgin
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Nuremberg
Culture:  German
Date made:  1510
Materials:  Woodcut
Provenance:  Set purchased from M.H. Salanan, May 1956, for £20

In contrast to the highly-wrought drama of his Apocalypse series, Dürer’s Life of the Virgin cycle incorporates more naturalistic settings, intended to appeal to a broader public. This sorrowful scene shows the Virgin Mary on her death bed surrounded by her apostles. Dürer’s ability to create movement and his knowledge of natural forms is telling from the variation in the figures’ facial expressions and poses, and the folds of their robes.

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