Virgin and child with the pear

Albrecht Dürer
Nuremberg 1471 -1528
Virgin and child with the pear
158 x 108 mm

Dated and monogrammed lower left
Bartsch n. 41; Meder-Hollstein n. 33; Schoch-Mende-Scherbaum, n. 63 a/c

A very fine Meder a/c impression, with traces of burrs on the drapery of the Virgin and on the trunk to the right, features of the first state. Printed on paper with Bull’s Head with JZ watermark (Meder 70), datable between 1506 - 1516. In very good condition.

The present work is based on a preparatory drawing preserved in the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett.

Dürer, after the Virgin and Child on a grassy plot 1503 (B. 34), abandoned this subject to resume it after his second trip to Italy, enriched by new experiences.

The Virgin seated on a grassy plot gazes at the Christ Child in her lap, who rises his right hand in the act of bless.

The buildings in the background are of North Italian taste.