Maria on the bench from the turf by Albrecht Durer

Maria on the bench from the turf by Albrecht Durer

Engraving on copper “Maria on the bench from the turf.” Here it seems older than on earlier incisive engravings. Her head is enveloped in a handkerchief. She gently grasped the plump hand of her son with her hands. The feeling prompted the artist – what is depicted here is so important that it will not distract the viewer anything.

There are no details on the sheet, which are so many in woodcut engravings. Nothing but a nursing mother and child and a slightly planned fence. This is one of the most expressive and most concise works of Durer, full of inexplicable tenderness…

Here, in fullness, the talent of Albrecht Dürer and his masterly mastery of engraving technique on copper are revealed. The subtlest shades of light shadows, the modeling of figures and the perspective – everything is subject to the artist.

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