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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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.

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07.06.2024