Virgin Crowned by Two Angels, 1518
Engraving on tan paper
Gift of Mrs. Felix M. Warburg and her children
Dimensions: Image: 5 7/8 x 4 in. (14.92 x 10.16 cm)
Signatures, Inscriptions and Markings v
Catalogue Raisonné: Bartsch 39; Meder 39; Panofsky 146; Strauss 87
Collections: Felix M. and Frieda Warburg, New York
Published References v
Bartsch 39; Meder 39; Panofsky 146; Strauss 87; Limouze 8
Exhibition History v
"Master Printmakers: Albrecht Dürer and the Renaissance in Germany," Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, 21 December 1991 - 15 March 1992.
While this engraving is not as imposing in its size as those by Dürer listed above, it is noteworthy in the Vassar collection because of the quality of its printing and its condition. The German Dürer scholar Josef Meder assigned alphabetical categories to all of Dürer’s prints based on the freshness of the impression. Thus, a Meder ‘A’ rating would suggest a print made from the newly engraved plate. The ‘B,’ ‘C’ or an even lower category would suggest subsequent printings, often after the plate had been reworked or, even, a print taken after the artist’s death. The Virgin Crowned by Two Angels is a glorious example of a Meder ‘A’ engraving, pristine and sharp in its line and rich in its inking, so that the full effect of the folds and shadows of the drapery or the sticks of the wattle fence are maximized. For print collectors, condition is everything, and Felix Warburg’s collection clearly identified him as a connoisseur of great distinction.