The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John
Follower of Albrecht Altdorfer (German, Regensburg ca. 1480–1538 Regensburg)
Pen and dark brown ink highlighted with brush and opaque white on light brown prepared paper.
8 7/16 x 5 13/16 in. (21.5 x 14.8 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Chiaroscuro drawings first appeared in Germany before the middle of the fifteenth century, and gained increasing popularity into the sixteenth century. This example has been variously given to Albrecht Altdorfer, to his school, to the circle of Baldung, or to the young Lucas Cranach (1472-1553). The style of draftsmanship recalls drawings from the region of the Upper Rhine, especially Switzerland. A comparison with the work of Albrecht Altdorfer (ca. 1480-1538) has led to the suggestion that the unknown draftsman worked after an original by Altdorfer from about 1513-15.
Inscription: Added later (by the artist ?) at the upper right in blackish ink: 1514; added still later by another hand above the year in white: AD (Dürer monogram); annotated at the lower right in light brown ink : 129 [or /29/].
Marking: Watermark in the upper left corner: part of an eight-petaled (?) flower (not in Briquet or Piccard)
John Postle Heseltine, London (Lugt 1507 on the verso [added by Colnaghi in 1912]); [P. and D. Colnaghi and Co., London]; Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, 10-14 July 1936, lot 352 (as school of Altdorder; to John Hunt). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt on 14 July 1936.