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Early 16th Century Collection

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Eleven-Headed, Thousand-Armed Bodhisattva of Compassion (Avalokiteshvara), c. 1500

Eleven-Headed, Thousand-Armed Bodhisattva of Compassion (Avalokiteshvara), c. 1500. The figures 1, 000 arms surround the central figure like a radiating halo

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Youth (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. Creator: Unknown

Youth (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. Creator: Unknown
Youth (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. Louise of Savoy (1476-1531), queen mother of King Francis I, is depicted here in a sumptuous brocaded velvet in the center

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Woven Strip for Ecclesiastical Parameters, early 1500s. Creator: Unknown

Woven Strip for Ecclesiastical Parameters, early 1500s. Creator: Unknown
Woven Strip for Ecclesiastical Parameters, early 1500s

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Passion: The Raising of Lazarus, before 1508. Creator: Urs I Graf (Swiss, c. 1485-1527 / 29)

The Passion: The Raising of Lazarus, before 1508. Creator: Urs I Graf (Swiss, c. 1485-1527 / 29)
The Passion: The Raising of Lazarus, before 1508. The first woodcuts appeared in Europe at the end of the 14th century but were relatively rare until the early 15th century

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Passion: The Crucifixion, before 1508. Creator: Urs I Graf (Swiss, c. 1485-1527 / 29)

The Passion: The Crucifixion, before 1508. Creator: Urs I Graf (Swiss, c. 1485-1527 / 29)
The Passion: The Crucifixion, before 1508

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Nativity, c. 1502-1503. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Nativity, c. 1502-1503. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Nativity, c. 1502-1503. These eight woodcuts (1959.99.8-15) progress from Gabriels announcement to Mary that she would bear the Son of God, to the events of her early motherhood and beyond

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Mystical Grapes, c. 1500. Creator: Unknown

The Mystical Grapes, c. 1500. Creator: Unknown
The Mystical Grapes, c. 1500. During the late medieval period, intense mystical fervor in Europe focused largely on the blood and Passion of Christ

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Passion: Crucifixion, 1509. Creator: Lucas Cranach (German, 1472-1553)

The Passion: Crucifixion, 1509. Creator: Lucas Cranach (German, 1472-1553)
The Passion: Crucifixion, 1509

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Time (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. Creator: Unknown

Time (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. Creator: Unknown
Time (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. Pierre Sala, who likely commissioned the set, is portrayed as the richly attired central figure offering a bouquet, a symbol of knowledge, to Eleonore

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Virgin and Child, c. 1500. Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519), circle of

Virgin and Child, c. 1500. Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519), circle of
Virgin and Child, c. 1500. Madonna and Child appear in half-length, seated against a dark wall. The Childs body is covered in shadow as he looks over his shoulder at his mother

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Virgin and Child with John the Baptist and Angels, c. 1500. Creator: Pietro del Donzello (Italian)

Virgin and Child with John the Baptist and Angels, c. 1500. Creator: Pietro del Donzello (Italian)
Virgin and Child with John the Baptist and Angels, c. 1500

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Virgin and Child with Angels, early 1500s. Creator: Master of the Holden Tondo (Italian)

Virgin and Child with Angels, early 1500s. Creator: Master of the Holden Tondo (Italian)
Virgin and Child with Angels, early 1500s

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Flight into Egypt, c. 1503-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Flight into Egypt, c. 1503-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Flight into Egypt, c. 1503-1505. These eight woodcuts (1959.99.8-15) progress from Gabriels announcement to Mary that she would bear the Son of God

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Small Horse, 1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Small Horse, 1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Small Horse, 1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, c. 1502-1503. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, c. 1502-1503. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, c. 1502-1503. Durer devoted three woodcuts (1959.99.5-7) to the significant events in Marys youth prior to her sacred calling

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Triumph of Eternity (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. Creator: Unknown

The Triumph of Eternity (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. Creator: Unknown
The Triumph of Eternity (From Chateau de Chaumont Set), 1512-1515. The Triumph of Eternity is represented by the Coronation of the Virgin

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, c. 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, c. 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, c. 1504-1505. These eight woodcuts (1959.99.8-15) progress from Gabriels announcement to Mary that she would bear the Son of God

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Annunciation, c. 1503-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Annunciation, c. 1503-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Annunciation, c. 1503-1505. These eight woodcuts (1959.99.8-15) progress from Gabriels announcement to Mary that she would bear the Son of God, to the events of her early motherhood and beyond

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1501-1503. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1501-1503. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1501-1503. These eight woodcuts (1959.99.8-15) progress from Gabriels announcement to Mary that she would bear the Son of God

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Life of the Virgin: Joachim and the Angel, c. 1504. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

The Life of the Virgin: Joachim and the Angel, c. 1504. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
The Life of the Virgin: Joachim and the Angel, c. 1504

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Large Horse, 1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Large Horse, 1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Large Horse, 1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Meeting of Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gate, 1504. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

The Meeting of Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gate, 1504. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
The Meeting of Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gate, 1504. The first three woodcuts of Durers narrative (1959.99.2-4) portray the events leading up to the Virgins birth

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Life of the Virgin, c. 1510-1511. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Life of the Virgin, c. 1510-1511. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Life of the Virgin, c. 1510-1511. The frontispiece of the series is a modification of the devotional imagery Durer used in his depictions of the Virgin and Child standing in a crescent moon

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Large Passion: Christ Descending into Limbo, 1510. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

The Large Passion: Christ Descending into Limbo, 1510. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
The Large Passion: Christ Descending into Limbo, 1510

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Satyr Family, 1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Satyr Family, 1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Satyr Family, 1505. Durers interest in mythological imagery stemmed from his familiarity with the Italian Renaissance

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Repose in Egypt, c. 1501-1502. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Repose in Egypt, c. 1501-1502. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Repose in Egypt, c. 1501-1502. These eight woodcuts (1959.99.8-15) progress from Gabriels announcement to Mary that she would bear the Son of God

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: St. George on Foot, c. 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

St. George on Foot, c. 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
St. George on Foot, c. 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: The Circumcision, c. 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

The Circumcision, c. 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
The Circumcision, c. 1504-1505. These eight woodcuts (1959.99.8-15) progress from Gabriels announcement to Mary that she would bear the Son of God, to the events of her early motherhood and beyond

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Story of Perseus and Andromeda, early 1500s. Creator: Unknown

Story of Perseus and Andromeda, early 1500s. Creator: Unknown
Story of Perseus and Andromeda, early 1500s. The Greek mythological story of Perseus and Andromeda is represented here as a quest for a maiden, read from right to left in three sections

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Part of a Chasuble Back, c. 1500. Creator: Unknown

Part of a Chasuble Back, c. 1500. Creator: Unknown
Part of a Chasuble Back, c. 1500. Although missing the central decorative orphrey band, these two velvet panels originally formed part of the back of an ecclesiastical chasuble

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Shepherds in a Round Dance, around 1500. Creator: Unknown

Shepherds in a Round Dance, around 1500. Creator: Unknown
Shepherds in a Round Dance, around 1500. Late-medieval tapestries often use a limited yet contrasting colour palette to portray stylized images

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Nemesis, c. 1501-1502. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Nemesis, c. 1501-1502. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Nemesis, c. 1501-1502. According to the Latin poem that inspired this engraving, Nemesis, the Greek goddess of retribution

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Martyrdom of a Saint, after 1866. Creator: Hermann Samuel Ratzerdorfer (Austrian, 1815-1891)

Martyrdom of a Saint, after 1866. Creator: Hermann Samuel Ratzerdorfer (Austrian, 1815-1891)
Martyrdom of a Saint, after 1866. Recent research has revealed that this plaquette--long characterized as an Italian object from the 1500s--is indeed by the hand of a 19th-century silversmith working

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Page from a Kalpa-sutra: Indra paying homage to Mahavira, early 16th century. Creator: Unknown

Page from a Kalpa-sutra: Indra paying homage to Mahavira, early 16th century. Creator: Unknown
Page from a Kalpa-sutra: Indra paying homage to Mahavira, early 16th century

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: The Nativity, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Life of the Virgin: The Nativity, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Life of the Virgin: The Nativity, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: The Circumcision, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Life of the Virgin: The Circumcision, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Life of the Virgin: The Circumcision, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer

Life of the Virgin: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer
Life of the Virgin: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: Rejection of Joachims Sacrifice, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer

Life of the Virgin: Rejection of Joachims Sacrifice, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer
Life of the Virgin: Rejection of Joachims Sacrifice, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: Christ Among the Doctors, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

Life of the Virgin: Christ Among the Doctors, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
Life of the Virgin: Christ Among the Doctors, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: The Visitation, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Life of the Virgin: The Visitation, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Life of the Virgin: The Visitation, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: The Rest in Egypt, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Life of the Virgin: The Rest in Egypt, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Life of the Virgin: The Rest in Egypt, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: The Death of the Virgin, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

Life of the Virgin: The Death of the Virgin, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
Life of the Virgin: The Death of the Virgin, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: The Annunciation, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Life of the Virgin: The Annunciation, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Life of the Virgin: The Annunciation, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: Presentation of the Young Virgin in the Temple, 1504-1505. Creator

Life of the Virgin: Presentation of the Young Virgin in the Temple, 1504-1505. Creator
Life of the Virgin: Presentation of the Young Virgin in the Temple, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: Nativity of the Virgin, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

Life of the Virgin: Nativity of the Virgin, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
Life of the Virgin: Nativity of the Virgin, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: Joachim and Anna Embracing under the Golden Gate, 1504-1505. Creator

Life of the Virgin: Joachim and Anna Embracing under the Golden Gate, 1504-1505. Creator
Life of the Virgin: Joachim and Anna Embracing under the Golden Gate, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: Flight into Egypt, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

Life of the Virgin: Flight into Egypt, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)
Life of the Virgin: Flight into Egypt, 1504-1505

Background imageEarly 16th Century Collection: Life of the Virgin: Assumption of the Virgin, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)

Life of the Virgin: Assumption of the Virgin, 1504-1505. Creator: Albrecht Dürer (German)
Life of the Virgin: Assumption of the Virgin, 1504-1505



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