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A Hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus)

Artist:
Hans Hoffmann (German, Nuremberg ca. 1545/1550–1591/1592 Prague)
Date:
before 1584
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache on vellum
Dimensions:
Sheet: 8 1/8 x 12 1/16 in. (20.7 x 30.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Annette de la Renta Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.347
Not on view
This endearing study of a hedgehog dates from the second half of the sixteenth century, when the detailed study and portrayal of flora and fauna came into focus more and more. Due to the specialist skills required to replicate every minute detail characteristic for a specific animal or plant, certain artists, such as Hans Hoffmann and Joris Hoefnagel developed as specialists in this area. While Hoffmann was also active as a painter of portraits and religious subjects, he is best remembered for his highly finished drawings after nature. His initial inspiration however, was not nature itself per se, but the highly-detailed studies of it, made by his famous predecessor Albrecht Dürer, whose works were still admired and highly coveted. Several collectors in Nuremberg, the native town of both artists, owned such studies by Dürer and provided Hoffmann with inspiration.
Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.

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.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paper Chase: Two Decades of Collecting Drawings and Prints," December 9, 2014–March 16, 2015.

Stijn Alsteens, Carmen C. Bambach, George R. Goldner, Colta Ives, Perrin Stein, Nathalie Strasser Raphael to Renoir Drawings from the Collection of Jean Bonna Exh. cat.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Jan. 21-Apr. 26, 2009 and National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, June 5-Sept. 6, 2009. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2010, cat. no. under no. 43, fig. no. 34, pp. 92-93, 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, cat. 60 (entry written by Freyda Spira); p. xiv (introduction written by Stijn Alsteens); p. 185, ill.



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