Foliate Ornament

Artist: Master W with Key (Netherlandish, active ca. 1465–90)

Date: ca. 1465–90

Medium: Engraving

Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 3 3/16 in; 11 5/8 x 4 3/16 in. (cut to plate line at right side)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1929

Accession Number: 29.16.1


This Gothic leaf design, known only in this impression, is the Master's most beautiful and monumental ornament print. More than half of the eighty-two engravings by this anonymous artist, presumed to have been active as a goldsmith in Bruges, represent designs for objects and constructions—Gothic chapels, ornate vessels, altarpiece frames, and saints set within elaborate architecture.