Art of the Reformation

Albrecht Dürer’s “Virgin and Child with Half a Pear”
An image of Albrecht Dürer's Virgin and Child with Half a Pear

Albrecht Dürer’s “Virgin and Child with Half a Pear”

At first glance, Dürer's Virgin and Child With Half a Pear may simply look like a lovely Renaissance mother holding her baby, but Dürer confesses much more as he paints the flesh, blood, and bone of the Son of God.

Albrecht Dürer: The Man Behind the Self-Portrait

Dürer was the one of the first artists to paint self-portraits. But why would he paint in the typical medieval tradition of picturing Jesus in full frontal view and use himself as the visage of Christ?

Knight, Death, and the Devil: Albrecht Dürer’s Mystery Man

Who is the Rider? Although Albrecht Dürer's "Knight, Death, and the Devil" has been acclaimed as one of Europe's greatest masterwork engravings since its publication in 1513, it has also been one of the most provocative pieces of art in the past 500 years.

Dürer’s Praying Hands: An Artist’s Devotion

Though the Praying Hands is a unique icon in Western art that has transcended the sacred and entered the world of pop culture, the 500 year old work is only a preliminary drawing for a much larger work.

Dürer’s Small Passion: Dawn to Dusk with Christ in Three Panels

In the Small Passion Albrecht Dürer devotes three woodcuts to the Scriptural accounts of Easter day enabling us, with our own eyes, to see holy events as if they are happening right now. He places you, me, and himself as participants in salvation's narrative as he draws us into the resurrection of Christ.

Albrecht Dürer’s “Adoration of the Magi”

In 1517 when Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Albrecht Dürer's magnificent painting, Adoration of the Magi, hung just inside the church mere feet away!