An image of The Virgin and Child with a pear

Albrecht Dürer

(Germany 24 May 1471 – 05 Apr 1528)

The Virgin and Child with a pear

Other titles:
Madonna with the pear, The Madonna and child with pear
Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

The Virgin offers the Christ Child a pear (a symbol of pacification) instead of an apple, which would remind the viewer of the Fall of Man. The relationship between the mother and the child is less formal than Dürer’s earlier renditions of the theme. The background affords a deep view through the pointed arch of a massive city gate. But our eye is also encouraged to wander over the surface and relish details such as the swirling folds of the Virgin’s drapery, the spiralling tree trunk and the uniform hatchings of the sky with its drifting clouds.

Year
1511
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
15.8 x 10.8 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.l., [incised plate] "AD [artist's monogram]". Dated u.centre, [incised plate] "1511".
Credit
Purchased 1928
Accession number
448