[The visitation], Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.
Print after Albrecht Dürer's woodcut Visitation, no. 8 in his Life of the Virgin series, shows the Virgin and St. Elizabeth, both pregnant, greeting each other as Zacharias stands in a doorway. Dürer's pet dog is depicted in the foreground. Dürer's monogram is on the plate.
Title from The illustrated Bartsch. New York : Abaris Books, 1978- , vol. 27, no. 628.
Watermark: P M in circle.
Library of Congress copy is trimmed.
Published in: The first Smithsonian collection : the European engravings of George Perkins Marsh and the role of prints in the U.S. National Museum / Helena E. Wright. Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015. p. 143.
Printmaking in woodcut and engraving came to Northern Italy within a few decades of their invention north of the Alps. Engraving probably came first to Florence in the 1440s, the goldsmith Maso Finiguerra (1426–64) used the technique. Italian engraving caught the very early Renaissance, 1460–1490. Print copying was a widely accepted practice, as well as copying of paintings viewed as images in their own right.