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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

The Virgin and Child crowned by an angel c.1515

RCIN 912176

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The bird flying from the string held by Christ is probably a goldfinch, which was believed to have been splashed with Christ’s blood on the road to Calvary, retaining a red spot around its beak. Dürer thus alludes to the fate of the small child on the Virgin’s lap.