Madonna by the Wall

A young woman, dressed in long robes with her veil drawn over her head, sits next to a wall holding an infant in her lap. She is turned slightly to her right and gazes sweetly upon the child who twists to face the viewer and holds an apple in his left hand. A stream meanders through the landscape of trees and city walls behind them.
Albrecht Dürer
1514
This exquisitely crafted print depicts the Virgin Mary holding the infant Christ on her lap. While she gazes serenely upon her child, he turns to look intensely outward and holds up an apple, an allusion to Adam's fall from grace and Christ's role as the "second Adam" who would redeem humanity from sin. A quiet landscape that includes the walls and towers of Nuremberg stretches into the background.
Museum Purchase
1958/1.95
Wednesday, December 1, 2021