Albrecht Dürer 1471 – 1528

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

woodcarving (13 × 10 cm) — 1510 Museum British Museum, London

Albrecht Dürer biography

This work is linked to Acts 2:2

A pigeon symbolises the Holy Spirit that descends on the apostles and on Mary. The tiny flames stand for the strange tongues that would be spoken.

The image is one of 36 in Dürer's Small Passion series.

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