Life of the Virgin

Albrecht Dürer.
Coronation of the Virgin.
Woodcut. Published in Epitome in divae parthenices Maria historiam, with Latin verses by Benedictus Chelidonius.
Nuremberg: Albrecht Dürer, 1511.

Bridwell Library has one woodcut from Dürer’s “Life of the Virgin,” a book that consisted of twenty illustrations created from 1504 to 1510. This woodcut, the last in the sequence and most likely the last to be produced, depicts the Coronation of the Virgin. The miraculous scene occurred when the twelve apostles took the body of Christ’s deceased mother to be buried but instead she was lifted up by the Holy Trinity and crowned Queen of Heaven.