Saint John the Baptist, Monogrammist W with the key-shaped sign
Monogrammist W with the key-shaped sign
Saint John the Baptist
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Monogrammist W with the key-shaped sign

Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1470 – 1480 ?


Blatt
149 x 66 mm
Platte
148 x 64 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33817
Object Number
33817 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1850
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

In the New Testament, John the Baptist is the forerunner of Christ. He was thus a prominent figure and popular as a patron saint, and the demand for images of him was accordingly high. Blessings were actually performed with the right hand, and not—as in this engraving—with the left. The figure was probably copied from an older depiction, possibly a painting, and the printing process turned it into a mirror image of the original. The print in the Städel Museum is the last remaining impression of this engraving.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Saint John the Baptist
Engraver
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Engraving
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert in der Platte unten mittig: W [Hausmarke]
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten mittig (mit Bleistift): non décrit
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Hollstein Dutch Flemish XII.213
  • Lehrs VII.44.18
  • Passavant II.280.35

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1850

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Last update

19.02.2024