barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

The Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin 

Nuremberg, 1510

Woodcut

Paper 295 x 208mm; Mount 556 x 404mm

 

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 placed 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.

Set purchased from M.H. Salanan, May 1956, for £20 (Inv. No. 56.19)

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