The Griffin, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
The Griffin
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Martin Schongauer

The Griffin, ca. 1475


Blatt
104 x 98 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
56424
Object Number
56424 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1876
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

A griffin is an ancient mythical creature to which the Late Middle Ages attached both positive and negative meaning—as a heraldic animal symbolizing vigilance, and as a demonic hybrid. Traditionally a lion with an eagle’s head, here it is depicted as a fantastical combination of direct observations of nature. The head resembles that of an eagle but also a fierce cock, the body that of an emaciated bovine. The curves of the neck, tail, and wings lend the composition an almost ornamental quality.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Griffin
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Engraving
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert in der Platte unten mittig: M+S
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet (mit Bleistift): B No 93 / 8 / 1505 / No [...]
Verso Stempel der Sammlung Karl Ferdinand Friedrich von Nagler, Ansbach und Berlin (Lugt 2529)
Verso Stempel des Kupferstichkabinetts der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (Lugt 1606)
Verso Tilgungsstempel des Kupferstichkabinetts Berlin (Lugt 2398)
Verso Stempel der Sammlung Karl Eduard von Liphart, Dorpat, Bonn und Florenz (Lugt 1687)
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Hollstein German XLIX.200.93
  • TIB Bd. 8 Commentary, Nr. 0801.093
  • Lehrs V.337.93
  • Bartsch VI.159.93

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1876

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31A458 fabulous beings with wings

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Last update

19.02.2024