(b. ca. 1430, Colmar, d. 1491, Breisach)

Madonna on the Turf Bench

Copper engraving, 122 x 84 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

The Madonna is sitting on a turf bench in front of a wickerwork fence which separates the foreground from an extensive landscape in the background, a world landscape. The engraving is an example of the effect Martin Schongauer's works had on Dürer's development of the technique of copper engraving. From a technical point of view, engravings such as this sheet differ in their simplicity from the already more mature works of Dürer.

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