Life of the Virgin (Dürer)
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|-||'''''Christ among the Doctors''''' is an [[oil painting]] by [[Albrecht Dürer]], dating to 1506, now in the [[Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza]], [[Madrid]], [[Spain]]. The work dates to Dürer's sojourn in [[Venice]], and was executed (according to the inscription ''Opus Quinque Dierum'', meaning "Made in five days") hastily while he was working at the ''[[Feast of the Rosary (Dürer)|Feast of the Rosary]]'' altarpiece.||+||La '''''Vita della Vergine''''' è una serie di diciannove [[xilografia|xilografie]] più [[frontespizio]] di [[Albrecht Dürer]], databile al []-[] e conservata, tra le migliori copie esistenti, nella [[Staatliche Graphische Sammlung]] di [[Monaco di Baviera]].|
|-||According to some sources, it could have been gifted to painter [[Giovanni Bellini]]. In the latter's house it was perhaps seen by [[Lorenzo Lotto]], who used one of the figures in the painting for his ''[[Madonna with Child between Sts. Flavian and Onuphrius]]'' now in the [[Borghese Gallery]]. The subject had been already treated by Dürer in a [[woodcut]] of the ''[[Life of the Virgin (Dürer)|Life of the Virgin]]'' series and in a panel of the [[Seven Sorrows Polyptych]]. However, in the Venetian work the German artist adopted a totally new composition, with the characters occupying the whole scene and surrounding the young Jesus, leaving a little room for the black background.|
|-||The character at the left of Jesus is a true [[caricature]], perhaps inspired by one of [[Leonardo da Vinci]]'s drawings seen by Dürer. The man in the lower right corner has a cartouche on his beret, a custom of the [[Pharisees]]. The one on the opposite side is perhaps a citation of Bellini.|
|-||:One that attracted our attention was a picture of [[Christ Disputing with the Doctors]], by [[Albert Dürer]], in which was represented the ugliest, most evil-minded, stubborn, pragmatical, and contentious old Jew that ever lived under the law of Moses; and he and the child Jesus were arguing, not only with their tongues, but making hieroglyphics, as it were, by the motion of their hands and fingers. It is a very queer, as well as a very remarkable picture. --[[Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks]] by [[Nathaniel Hawthorne]]|
La Vita della Vergine è una serie di diciannove xilografie più frontespizio di Albrecht Dürer, databile al 1500-1511 e conservata, tra le migliori copie esistenti, nella Staatliche Graphische Sammlung di Monaco di Baviera.
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