The Life of the Virgin: The Virgin on a Crescent, c. 1510-1511. Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). Woodcut; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Dudley P. Allen Fund 1959.99.1
The frontispiece of the series is a modification of the devotional imagery Dürer used in his depictions of the Virgin and Child standing in a crescent moon. Here, he also incorporated the themes of the nursing Madonna and the Madonna of Humility, often shown seated. In doing so, Dürer fused the Virgin’s regal, motherly, and humble natures into one striking image.