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By 1511, Dürer had learned the lessons of anatomy from his study of Italian Renaissance engravings, and here his Virgin and Child repose believably and solidly in an Italianate landscape, eclipsing the angular and exuberant Gothic forms of his early work.
"The merchants of Italy, France and Spain are purchasing Dürer's engravings as models for the painters of their homeland."
-- Johannes Cochlaeus, 1512
Mrs. William H. Thompson; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1946.