Seated Woman with a Spider's Web (Die Frau mit dem Spinnennnetz zwischen kahlen Baumen)
Cut by Christian Friedrich (German, 1770–1843)
Designed by Caspar David Friedrich (German, Greifswald 1774–1840 Dresden)
image: 6 11/16 x 4 3/4 in. (17 x 12.1 cm)
sheet: 9 5/8 x 7 9/16 in. (24.4 x 19.2 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927
Not on view
This image was designed by the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich and cut into a wood block by his brother, Christian, a furniture-maker by trade. Like many of the painter’s landscapes, this small scene of a woman seated at the base of a dead tree is emotionally resonant. Her face is hidden as she gazes into the distance, and the only movement is the activity of the spider that weaves a web above her head. Indeed, the print is sometimes referred to with the title "Melancholy," a nod to Friedrich’s debt to Albrecht Dürer’s sixteenth-century print of the same subject.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 26, 2004–July 25, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 9–August 7, 2017.