Madonna Crowned by One Angel

Albrecht Dürer
Madonna Crowned by One Angel
engraving
1520

An original Albrecht Dürer engraving.

1520

Original engraving printed in black ink on laid paper.

Dated and signed with the artist’s monogram in the plate on a tablet lower right.

A fine 16th century/lifetime Meder “a” impression of the second and final state, printed after the appearance of the stroke from the left palm of the angel into the halo.

Catalog: Bartsch 37; Dodgson 94; Meder 41.II.a; Panofsky 144; Hollstein 41; Strauss 93; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 92.

In this engraving a peculiar impression is created by the white face and the concentration of the light on the skirt. It seems almost as if the scene were illuminated by lightning – the wind-blown hair, the creeping clouds, the upswept drapery of the angel – and in these surroundings sits the Virgin, smiling even though empty of expression, quite serene and aristocratic, idealized in the style of ancient, mild beauty.