- Museum number
The Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin; the Virgin being crowned and bourne aloft by angels, below the apostles kneel by the empty tomb. 1501-5
Pen and black ink, with watercolour
- Production date
- 1503 (circa)
Height: 382 millimetres
Width: 310 millimetres (lower edge curved)
- Curator's comments
- This is one of the first of Dürer's complex figure compositions intended for a full size painting. It is made up of numerous interrelating figures similar in conception and style to those in his 'Life of the Virgin' woodcuts which he was designing at this period. No painting has survived that corresponds to the drawing; but to judge from the five recorded drawn copies of it, two of which are dated 1503, the design was of considerable importance to Dürer's contemporaries and followers (see Rowlands for further details of various copies and related compositions). Two drawn copies are in the British Museum (see Sl, 5218,187 and Sl,5218.188). Dürer used the same subject with a much more developed composition and a deep landscape background for the central panel of his 'Heller Altarpiece' of 1509 (see copy by Jobst Harrich, see 'Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy', 2002, p.166, fig. 25)'.
Lit from J.Rowlands 'Drawings by German Artists and Artists from German-speaking regions of Europe in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum: the Fifteenth Century, and the Sixteenth Century by Artists born before 1530', London, BM Press, 1993, no. 155: Lippmann, vi, p. 24, no.715, repr.; BM Guide, 1928, p. 21, no. 203; Tietze, i, pp. 127f, no. A 137; Flechsig, Dürer, ii, p. 437; Winkler, Dürer, ii, pp. 59ff, no. 337, repr.; Panofsky, ii, pp. 63f, no. 520; Rowlands, Dürer, p. 24, no. 132, repr.; Anzelewsky, Dürer, pp. 45, 61; Pfaff, Studien, pp. 96ff, no. 11, repr.; Strauss, ii, p. 700, no. 1503/24, repr.
Additional lit: G. Bartrum, 'Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy', London, British Museum, 2002, no. 78
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 203
1971, BM, Dürer no.132
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired from Obach & Co in exchange for duplicates; Obach bought for the BM at the Lanna sale.
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