The Pilgrimage to the Beautiful Virgin at Regensburg
1519 - 1520
54.4 cm x 38.1 cm (21 7/16 in. x 15 in.)
(circa 1490 - circa 1559, Regensburg (Bavaria))
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
The Beautiful Virgin was a statue (after an Altdorfer painting of the same subject inside the church) at a popular pilgrimage church in Regensburg in southern Germany. Ostendorfer represents the statue of the Virgin and Child being adored by a crowd of pilgrims. He accentuates the extreme practices of the pilgrims who visited this site, showing figures throwing themselves against the base of the Virgin’s statue or prostrating themselves before her. Unlike A Devotional Virgin, this print can be seen as an expression of Reformation ideology in its condemnation of the worship of saints by Catholics.