Master of the Drapery Studies (German, Strasbourg, ca. 1470–1500)
Formerly attributed to Anonymous, German
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, and black chalk
9 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (25.1 x 16.8 cm)
Gift of Walter Lowery, 1957
Not on view
Although the artist nicknamed the "Master of the Coburg Roundels" has not yet been identified by name, it is clear from his surviving stained-glass windows and drawings that he was a critical figure in Upper Rhenish art during the last quarter of the fifteenth century and in the history of early German drawing in general. He was active in Strasbourg, where he also appears to have received his training. There are about one hundred and fifty extant drawings by this artist—the largest corpus by an early northern European master—and these, like his stained-glass windows, are highly distinctive in style. As is seen in this sheet, the use of a fine tipped pen for the outlines and hatching, as well as the gray wash modeling, are typical of his late style. Judging from the complete state of the composition and the spirited pen work, this drawing may be among the rare independent creations by the artist, rather than, as is more often the case, a reworking of another master's prototype.
Inscription: Verso, bottom right corner, in graphite: 57.32.1
Marking: Watermark: shield with three fleurs de lis and staff with two flowers Verso, bottom right corner: MMA stamp
Walter Lowry, New York; Donor: Walter Lowry, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 27, 1995–February 25, 1996.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 30, 1998–February 8, 1999.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 21, 2001–August 12, 2001.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700," April 3–September 3, 2012.
Christiane Andersson, Charles Talbot From a Mighty Fortress. Prints, Drawings, and Books in the Age of Luther, 1483-1546. Exh. cat. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 1983, fig. no. 23, pp. 390; 391, ill.
Brigitte Reinhardt, Michael Roth, Corpus Vitrearum, Medii Aevi Deutschland, Freiburg Bilder aus Licht und Farbe: Meisterwerke spätgotischer Glasmalerei. "Straßburger Fenster" in Ulm und ihr künstlerisches Umfeld. Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Ulm, 1995, Mentioned as one of six drapery studies., cat. no. 74, fig. no. 74.1, pp. 222; 223, ill.
Stijn Alsteens, Freyda Spira Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400-1700 Exh. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2012, p. 8, fig. 2, ill.
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