(Germany: c. 1511). Woodcut measures 12 1/4 by 9 inches, in a handsome 18 1/2 by 15 1/4-inch frame. This original woodcut print by one of the masters of the Northern Renaissance is part of a series of illustrations depicting scenes from The Life of the Virgin. According to Meder, this separate print was made after the 1511 Latin text edition of The Life of the Virgin. The print’s paper bears the fischblase (fish bladder) watermark, which indicates that the print dates to the sixteenth century; this is Meder's state e. In “The Circumcision,” a sorrowful Mary watches as Christ, her child, undergoes the sacred rite. A man carrying a tall, braided candle stands on the left side, while Mary and the crowd of people in attendance fill the right side of the temple nave. Dürer’s signature monogram is incorporated into the design, located on a slate in the bottom right of the scene. Dürer is known for his masterful, detailed wood engraving, and is recognized as one of the first European landscape artists. A few faint crease marks present. A rare, extremely fine example of the artist’s virtuosic technique. Item #22858
(Bartsch 86, Meder 198).