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Standing Scholar (Prophet?) Turned to the Right (Recto); Standing Scholar (Prophet?) Turned to the Left (Verso)

Artist:
Germany, Middle Rhine (ca. 1460–1470)
Date:
ca. 1460–70
Culture:
Germany, Middle Rhine
Medium:
Pen and carbon black ink, traces of black chalk underdrawing, on paper prepared with sanguine wash
Dimensions:
7 11/16 x 3 9/16 in. (19.5 x 9.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.765
Not on view
This standing male figure and its verso counterpart have been variously given to the Fleming Hugo van der Goes (1435/40-1482), to an anonymous Netherlandish artist, or to a Burgundian master. Actually, the idiosyncratic draftsmanship is traceable to the Middle Rhine, and the paper is of German manufacture datable to the mid-1460s.
Marking: The watermark is similar to those found in paper used in Augsburg, Esslingen, Ingolstadt, Nuremberg, and Wemding between 1455 and 1459 (Piccard-Online mos. 100476, 100480, 100484, 100553, 100652, 100656).

Watermark: part of tower (similar to Briquet 15.872, 15.873, 15.876 [ Klingenberg 1464] and Piccard, vol. 3, II, no. 364 [Esslingen, Ingelstadt, Kaisheim monastery, 1462-65]); chain lines 34 mm apart.
Unidentified private collection (CPS or CPL: unidentified collector's stamp at the lower left on the verso), possibly Vienna, ca. 1800; J.D. Böhm, Vienna (Lugt 271 on the recto); sale, Posonyi, Vienna, 4 December 1865, lot 1291 (as Hugo van der Goes); Stefan von Licht, Vienna; Edwin Czeczowiczka, Vienna; Czeczowiczka sale, Paul Graupe and C.G. Boerner, Berlin, 12 May 1930, lot 23, ill., (as Netherlandish, fifteenth century); [Matthiesen Gallery, London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1959.
Stijn Alsteens, Freyda Spira, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings Before 1700 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., New York and New Haven, 2012, pp. 5-6, no. 3.



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