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Saint Luke Painting the Virgin

Artist:
Dirck Vellert (Netherlandish, Amsterdam (?) ca. 1480/85–ca. 1547)
Date:
1526
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 6 11/16 x 4 7/8 in. (17 x 12.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.1000
Not on view
Vellert made this engraving of Saint Luke on July 28, 1526, the year he was elected to his second term as dean of the Guild of Saint Luke, the artists' guild, in Antwerp. He may have made the print to distribute to the guild's members in honor of his position. Vellert included many naturalistic details: an open book next to a knitting basket in the center, the odd combination of an apple resting on a book balanced on top of a jar in the lower left corner. While the entire scene occupies an elaborate High Renaissance architectural setting filled with classically derived ornamentation, the figure of the Virgin surrounded by a mass of animated crumpled drapery is rather Gothic in character.
Dukes of Devonshire
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Print in the North".

H. XXXIII.197.9;B.VIII.30.9;Dutuit VI.304.9; Delen pt. II.p.44ff; Popham PCQ XII(1925)366.9
Janet S. Byrne, Suzanne Boorsch, Colta Ives, David W. Kiehl Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1985-1986: Prints. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986, p. 40.



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