Joachim's Offering Rejected by the High Priest

The Life of the Virgin

Joachim's Offering Rejected by the High Priest

c. 1504-1505

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Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471-1528)

Woodcut

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1959.99.2

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 189

Description

The first three woodcuts of Dürer’s narrative (1959.99.2-4) portray the events leading up to the Virgin’s birth. According to an apocryphal text, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, had remained childless into old age. After Joachim’s offering at the temple was rejected for this reason, the angel Gabriel appeared to him in the wilderness to announce that his wife would soon bear a child. At this news, the two tenderly embraced at the city’s gate.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Woodcut
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Woodcut
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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