Saint Martin and the Beggar, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
Saint Martin and the Beggar
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Martin Schongauer

Saint Martin and the Beggar, ca. 1475


Blatt/Darstellung
155 x 105 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33750
Object Number
33750 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1855
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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While a soldier in the Roman army, Martin of Tours (ca. 316/17–397) gave half of his warm officer’s cloak to a freezing beggar. Christ appeared to him afterwards in a dream, prompting his conversion to Christianity; later he became a hermit and a bishop. Dressed in a velvet jacket, he cuts a generous piece off his large mantle; the sparsly dressed beggar receives it. A closer look reveals that Schongauer originally intended to show the beggar’s right arm outstretched rather than bent.

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28.05.2024