Dürer shows the bust portrait of the Virgin Mary set against a black background, who with tenderly lowered gaze presents the venerated Infant Jesus on a cloth. In his left hand the child holds a pear slice symbolizing Jesus’ love, as Dürer presents it to us in the soft familiarity between mother and child. The gentle Madonna type and the child lolling in a supine position accord with late Gothic models, while the pale colouring and soft modeling are more of Italian origin.
Overall: 49,3 cm × 37,4 cm × 2,8 cm
Framed: 64 cm × 52,8 cm × 5 cm
Inscribed with the monogram at upper right, dat. 1512
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1600 acquired by Rudolf II (?); 1758 in the treasury
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