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Dürer’s work following his first trip to Italy is characterised by a hybrid of late Gothic and Venetian stylistic elements. Late Gothic is the framing of the scene with gnarled branches and elements heightened with gold. The composition as a whole shows clear similarities with the paintings of the Venetian Renaissance master Giovanni Bellini of the period 1480 to 1490. Because Dürer used relatively expensive parchment for this minutely detailed drawing, it was probably intended as a precious work for private devotion.

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Title The Holy Family
Material and technique Gouache, heightened with gold, on parchment, on panel
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 170 mm
Width 116 mm
Artists Tekenaar: Albrecht Dürer
Accession number D I 182 (PK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1987 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1987
Age artist Between 19 and 29 years old
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Exhibitions De Collectie Twee - wissel III, Prenten & Tekeningen (2009)
Van Pisanello tot Cézanne (1992)
Rondom Fra Bartolommeo (2016)
External exhibitions Dürer (2013)
Dürer e il Rinascimento Tedesco (2018)
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Gouache > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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Albrecht Dürer

Neurenberg 1471 - Neurenberg 1528

Albrecht Dürer received his first lessons from his father, who was a goldsmith. He subsequently became a pupil of the painter Michael Wohlgemut. Dürer...

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