Condition: This work is in good condition.
According to Strauss, "Dürer has not only solved very successfully the problems of spatial perspective, but has here also emphasized the figures to a remarkable extent" (408). The dove, signifying the vehicle through which the immaculate conception was realized, bursts from the heavens above and appears to glide through the sky over the Virgin Mary. Mary is in a gestured, praying pose, and appears as if anticipating the arrival of the angel, who appears at her side. Highly emotional and incredibly poignant, Dürer captures this moment with utter charm and intrigue, making this woodcut into one of his most fascinating works.
Created in 1612, this woodcut is monogrammed in the woodblock 'AD' in the upper right. This work is from the Italian edition of 1612 with Italian text on verso.