Madonna Crowned by Two Angels

Albrecht Dürer
Madonna Crowned by Two Angels
engraving
1518

An original Albrecht Dürer engraving.

1518

Original engraving printed in black ink on laid paper bearing no watermark (a typical characteristic of early impressions such as this).

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

A superb 16th century/lifetime Meder “a-b” (of e) impression, the contours of the mountains in the distance on the left clear and sharp, but printed prior to the appearance of the horizontal scratches in the sky.

Catalog: Bartsch 39; Dodgson 87; Panofsky 146; Meder 38a-b; Strauss 87; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 84.

This is one of only two engravings completed by Dürer during the period between 1514 and 1519, when he was concentrating on the woodcut publications for Emperor Maximilian I. The Virgin is crowned with a wreath of roses and is holding an apple. The scholar Erwin Panofsky commented: “This engraving conveys a feeling a perfect balance and serenity. Neither too large nor too small in relation to its frame. A Raphaelesque equilibrium of loveliness and solemnity.”