DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

The Virgin Nursing the Child

1512
Charcoal, 418 x 288 mm
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

(The sheet is drastically cut at the right and the bottom.) This can scarcely be considered as a preliminary study for a painting; on the contrary, it is an independent drawing par excellence, with a great deal of curly and distinct linear movement. It is clear from this how incompletely the tortured motif of the 1512 painting of the Virgin (Vienna) reveals the artist's general frame of mind in this period.