|Title||Madonna by the Wall|
"Madonna by the Wall", made in 1514, is quite different from the earlier "Virgin and Child with Monkey" (P149). The effect of the deep black lines, which create a more even-tempered, silvery matte texture, is almost tragic-perhaps a result of the death of Durer's mother, on May 14th, 1514. His rapid mastery of the medium of engraving can be followed year by year, with every new print by the artist.
Peter Leeds, in "SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS, How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World," ex. cat. G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010, 66.
Whereas the "Virgin and Child with Monkey" is largely black and white in tone, the "Madonna by the Wall" shows a unique variety of texture. It also demonstrates a precision of design along with an incomparable softness. The overall combination of atmosphere and mood allows the viewer close emotional identification with the Virgin and Child. In the background appears the castle of Nuremberg, which Durer could see from the windows of his home. Here is more evidence of his use of acute observation in his later years, to create a naturalistic scene to which the common man could relate.
|Medium/Material||Ink on paper|
|Dimensions||H-5.3 W-4 inches|
16th century AD
Madonna and Child
|Exhibition and Publication History||* "SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS, How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World," Curated by James M. Saslow, G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010, # 66, ill.|