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Virgin and Child with a Kneeling Donor, in a Quatrefoil

ca. 1430–35
Austrian (Salzburg)
Pen and brush and brownish black ink and grayish brown wash on ribbed paper.
10 9/16 x 7 11/16 in. (26.8 x 19.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
Shown in an elongated Gothic quatrefoil frame, this Madonna and Child is one of the earliest recognized examples of a design for a small painting on glass. The pose of the Christ Child embracing his Mother recalls a particular Byzantine figure type quite commonly found in Austrian and South German paintings and drawings dating to around 1400. This drawing signals an increasing demand in the fifteenth century for small, single panes of stained glass affordable to the middle classes.
Marking: Annotated on the verso in pencil: Seligmann Nr. 7; and Ochsenkopfpapier

Watermark: ox head with a staff and a five-pleated flower.
Adalbert von Lanna, Prague (Lugt 2773 on the verso); Lanna sale, H.G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 6-11 May 1910, part 2, lot 372 (as Master Wilhelm of Cologne, second half of the fourteenth century); [Richard Ederheimer, New York]; Mortimer L. Schiff; John Mortimer Schiff; Schiff sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, 24 June 1938, lot 13 (as Master Wilhelm of Cologne); [Bacri, Paris]. Acquired by Robert Lehmna in 1938.
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