Johann Michael Püchler (German, born Schwäbisch-Gmünd, active ca. 1680–1702)
late 17th–18th century
Sheet: 3 3/4 × 2 5/8 in. (9.5 × 6.7 cm)
Purchase, Jean A. Bonna Gift, 2007
Not on view
Coming from a family of engravers and calligraphers, Püchler created numerous portraits of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other religious figures using virtuosic micrography. Made after a likeness by the sixteenthcentury artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, this portrait contains text from the Bible and perhaps from Luther’s own Ninety-Five Theses. Püchler’s style of micrography, forming the hair out of swirling lines of text, was incredibly influential to Buchinger, who may have come across Püchler and his prints in Nuremberg, where Püchler is known to have worked.
Hans Wilpert Zoller (Swiss, Zurich 1673–1757 Zurich); Wilhelm von Muralt- von Planta (1845–1937); Hans Rohr Buchhandlung und Antiquariat zum Oberdorf, Zurich; Auktionshaus Stuker, Bern, November 28, 2006, no. 9060; Vendor: Galerie Arnoldi-Livie (Munich)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger’s Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay," January 8, 2016–April 11, 2016.