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Christ Among the Doctors, from the Life of the Virgin

circa 1503
16th century
30.5 cm x 21.9 cm (12 in. x 8 5/8 in.)

Albrecht Dürer (Nuremberg, Germany, 1471 - 1528, Nuremberg, Germany) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, German
Medium and Support: Woodcut
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of Julia and Stephen Wilkinson in honor of Jonathan Bober's twentieth anniversary as Curator of Prints and Drawings, 2007
Accession Number: 2007.39

The adolescent Christ is shown at a lectern in the right background, disputing the Pharisees within the great hall of a stylized temple. The seventeen prints in Dürer’s Life of the Virgin brought the perspective construction, refined forms, and complex expression of Renaissance painting to woodcut, a technique previously associated with simple, generally popular imagery. Disseminated across Europe, this series’ compositions and figural motifs were probably the most frequently quoted images of the sixteenth century. This impression, printed before the usual addition of text to the verso, is notable for its exceptional clarity and perfect condition.

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