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Madonna and Child

The Nuremberg artist Albrecht Dürer was the most successful printmaker working in Europe at the beginning of the sixteenth century. He returned repeatedly to the theme of the Virgin and Child in his etchings, often using the imagery of the enclosed garden (hortus conclusus) in a sparing form. In each of these etchings (RCIN 800044; 800045; 800052) a pole fence and a turf bench indicate that the setting is a garden.