This painting was probably created around 1519, but the exact date is unknown. Today this art piece is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This piece is significant because it was commissioned for the patron of Durer, Maximilian I. This piece was made when Durer started to create more religious pieces of art.
This piece that Durer created evoke very strong emotions. In the painting, Saint Anne is not looking at the baby, but towards the viewer. It looks like she is looking right at the viewers, following them wherever they go. This gives a very mysterious vibe to the painting. It also has a very loving feel to it. Everyone in the painting is very close together and it just looks peaceful. Finally, in the painting, the Baby and the Virgin are holding hands and it shows everyone being connected to one another because Saint Anne is resting her hand on Mary. It seems that the two women are protecting the sacred baby in the painting, Jesus.
The “ism” that is most linked to this piece has to be "Idealism". This is because it stresses permanence and shows simplicity and clarity. Another "ism" that is linked to this painting is "Naturalism". In the painting, there are many different textures shown from Saint Anne's head dress to the baby Jesus' curls.
Personally, I find this painting interesting on so many levels. This is because the art is so pigmented and textured and well painted, it is very impressive. Then I read background about this painting and found out it was made on a wood plate, which is amazing considering how hard that must be to do. It shows a new generational perspective with Mary and her mother and Jesus. St. Anne was clearly the central focus of the painting which gives her a much more important role in Durer's creation.
You can see this painting on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or online at http://library.artstor.org/library/iv2.html?parent=true