Purchase, Louis V. Bell Fund, Leon D. Black Gift and Dodge Fund, 1997
Not on view
Seated alone in deep shadow, this partially draped young woman might be Bathsheba, whom King David spied upon and seduced, or Susanna, who was caught bathing in her garden by two lascivious church elders. Diminutive here, she appears enormously vulnerable. Adam Elsheimer was the most singular and influential German artist to follow Dürer. It was especially the poetic atmosphere and the meticulous, miniature-like execution, as one can see in this very fine gouache, that were much admired by the next generation of artists, among which were Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt.
Inscription: Recto, at lower left, in pen and brown ink: 4 Mount, recto, bottom center in pen and black ink, (in the hand of the collector R. Houlditch [L.2214 and 2215]): Elsheimer. Verso, at top center, in graphite, circled (both in the hand of R. Houlditch [L.2214 and 2215]): 83 [and in pen and black ink]: Given me by Mr. Howard Verso, upper left, in graphite: 11r Verso, bottom right, in graphite: 1997.373
Marking: Recto, lower left, unknown collector's mark (?)
Possibly Hugh Howard (British, Dublin 1675–1738 London)(as indicated by an inscription on the mount); Richard Houlditch; Vendor: Sale Christie's, London July 1, 1997, no.207, ill.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 5, 1998–March 8, 1998.
Wilhelm Bode Studien zur Geschichte der Holländischen Malerei. Braunschweig, 1883, p. 304.
Keith Andrews Adam Elsheimer. Munich, 1985, cat. no. 49a, fig. no. 34, p. 200, ill.
Christie's, London Old Master Drawings [Sale catalogue]. London, July 1, 1997, cat. no. 207, fig. no. 207, pp. 212-213, ill.
Carmen C. Bambach, Colta Ives, Carolyn Logan, Nadine Orenstein, Perrin Stein "Recent Acquisitions, a selection: 1997-1998." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 56, no. 2, New York, Autumn 1998, p. 26, ill.