The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bank, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bank
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Martin Schongauer

The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bank, ca. 1475


Blatt
119 x 83 mm
Darstellung
118 x 82 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
57872
Object Number
57872 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1885
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

This little engraving depicts the Virgin and Christ Child on a grassy bank of the kind serving as a seat in a cosy garden. A pasture fence separates the peaceful scene from the world outside and locates it in a “hortus conclusus”, or “enclosed garden”, a symbol of virginity. While the child—set off brightly against the dark shadows surrounding it—reaches for a piece of fruit, the elaborate folds of the mantle draped across Mary’s lap lend her a certain gentility.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bank
Artist
Period Produced
School
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 auf dem ergänzten Papierstreifen Stempel der Sammlung Ambroise Firmin-Didot, Paris (Lugt 119)
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Bartsch VI.133.30
  • Lehrs V.185.36 (⁎⁎⁎)
  • TIB Bd. 8 Commentary, Nr. 0801.036
  • Hollstein German XLIX.98.36

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1885

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Persons Shown

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11F42 Madonna: Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child in her lap (or in front of her bosom) (Mary sometimes represented half-length)

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Last update

19.02.2024