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The Virgin and Child Seated at the Foot of a Tree

Artist:
Jan Gossart (called Mabuse) (Netherlandish, Maubeuge ca. 1478–1532 Antwerp (?))
Date:
1522
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Plate: 4 3/4 × 3 3/8 in. (12 × 8.5 cm) Sheet: 4 7/8 x 3 7/16 in. (12.4 x 8.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.1167
Not on view
As he so often did in his paintings, Gossart combined Renaissance and Gothic motifs in his prints. Here, the figure types derive from Italian Renaissance sculpture. Most notably, the child's unusual gesture, with his arm turned backward, derives from The Madonna of the Steps, a relief by Michelangelo (1490–92, Casa Buonarroti, Florence). The nervous folds of the drapery are typical of Northern Gothic art. The theme itself derives from a number of prints created by Gossart's German contemporary Albrecht Dürer, who visited the Netherlands in 1520–21 and consequently inspired a number of Netherlandish artists to make prints after his work.
Marking: Stamp on verso of mat of Peter Vischer-sarasin (L.2115)
Peter Vischer (Basel, 1751–1823); Vendor: Hill-Stone, Inc.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Print in the North," May 06, 1997 - July 13, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 4, 2010–January 3, 2011.

H.VIII.146.2; B.1; Pass.III.23; W.1
"Curatorial Reports and Departmental Accessions: Drawings." in Annual Report of the Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1, 1991 - June 30, 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 122, New York, 1992, p. 52.

Suzanne Boorsch, William M. Griswold, Elizabeth Wyckoff, Helen Bobritzky Mules, Colta Ives, David W. Kiehl "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection, 1991-1992: Renaissance Europe, Europe 1700-1900, United States 1780-1900." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 50, no. 2, New York, Autumn 1992, p. 25.



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