Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Durer's Madonna and Child: Day 9

Albrecht Durer's body of work is extensive (you can view more of his body of work at this site). He created quite the handful of Madonna and child images. "His vast body of work includes altarpieces, religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings." (Wikipedia). 

Makes me wonder what he thought of Mary. Although, if I were to guess, it was that she was loving and nurturing. And, a human being radiant and full of grace. That is what I see conveyed in his images of Mary.

A tradition that has gone on for many years now-where a group of bloggers (and anyone is welcome to join) will post for the first 12 days of December images that represent the Mother of Jesus. It ends on the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some will write amazing words of inspiration and prayer. Others tell a story. Often, the image alone conveys the message and that is enough.
Come see what others have shared over at Rebecca's page. Feel free to join in with us whether if it's for one day or all 12!


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I have loved this image for many years. Thank you for offering it for our devotion this morning.

Shrugging Off the Snow

Hettienne Grobler said...

Every day I learn something new about the devotional art of Mary! each one so profound!

gma said...

I love Durer's art. This is another awesome Madonna and child.
Thank you for sharing it here.

Lenora said...

this Mary has an ancient soul, she radiates all ages of a womans life, how interesting.

Redondowriter said...

So familiar and so striking. I'm not a trained artist. Do you think he used charcoal, pen and ink? Or would he have painted this?

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Fran-most likely this is an engraving as he did do a lot of those. He would often draw directly on the plate and the printmaker would carve or etch from that-which would destroy the 'original' in the process. Although Durer was not a printmaker, much of his work are woodcuts or engravings-in those days that work was specifically done by master printmakers. Duer was very good at knowing how to use the potential of the printmaking process for his images.

Norma Ruttan said...

this is so unlike the usual type of Madonna with which I'm familiar. she looks intent on being the all-giving mother.

Meri said...

Isn't the detail mind-blowing?

rebecca said...

so endearing.

redondowriter said...

Meri was the one who got me started on Polyvore, in response to your comment. Now YouTube has some pretty good editing tool tutorials. Do you use PhotoShop layers already?


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