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Joachim and St. Anne Meet at the Golden Gate, 1504

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
woodcut on laid paper
29.7 x 20.7 cm
Purchased 1922
National Gallery of Canada (no. 2057)

Joachim and Anne embrace after being told to meet at the Golden Gate of Jerusalem by angels who foretold the birth of Mary. The arch of the gate, which acts like an architectural frame, draws the viewer into the scene as an observer. Spectators express curiosity, while at the lower left, one of Joachim’s shepherds follows him.

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