Madonna with the Siskin ~ 1506
Mary receives a lily of
the valley from St. John while her right hand rests on the Old
Testament. A siskin sits on the Infant's left arm and points his beak
toward the child's head where the crown of thorns will be one day.
Jesus smiles at his cousin, St. John, below him. A little angel hold
out the cross staff to John. A piece of paper with the painter's
signature in Latin (Albertus durer germanus faciebat post virginis
partum 1506) lies on the wooden bench in the foreground. In 1892 the
wood panel was acquired for the Staatliche Museen in Berlin.
Madonna and Child ~ about 1498
The painting, oil on wood,
was commissioned by the Haller von Hallerstein family. There is
another painting on the back of the panel. The Child hold his apple in
the same position as in Dürer's engraving of Adam and Eve, hiding the
stolen fruit behind his back. The picture is oil on wood and is
in the National Galley of Art in Washington, D.C.
St. Anne with the Virgin and Child ~ 1519
Painted in oil and tempera
on canvas the painting was commissioned by Leonhard Tucher. In 1910 it
was acquired by Benjamine Altmann who donated it to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York in 1913. The model for St. Anne was Dürer's
wife, Agnes, who wears the costume of a Nuremberg citizen. Mary holds
her hands together in silent prayer over her son. The two women seem
to understand the fate that awaits him.