The Virgin Mary with the Child and Saint Anna by Albrecht Durer

The Virgin Mary with the Child and Saint Anna by Albrecht Durer

In a number of remarkable portraits, executed during the period from 1510 to 1520, Durer, as it were, sums up the long-term study of the human personality.

After all the searches for classical beauty and attempts to create ideal norms, he continues to be attracted by a man such as he was at that time in Germany, primarily a representative of the German intelligentsia – a restless, anxious, internally contradictory, full of volitional energy and spiritual strength. These traits seek Durer first of all in the faces of his contemporaries. All his portraits retain their invariable character.

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same time, they finally disappear the last vestiges of the past – external fractionality and angularity, colorful and linear rigidity. They are integral and free in their compositional constructions; figures are naturally located in the space allocated for them, the forms possess generality and plasticity.

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