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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1934,0609.2-4

  • Description

    St Bridget giving her rule to her order; woodcut from one block divided into three sheets mounted together; in the centre the saint sits on a bench, holding an open book in each hand with a crown at her feet and an angel at her right shoulder, God the Father on a cloud is above left, and the Virgin with Child on a cloud above right; underneath are the coats of arms of Sweden, Bavaria and Palatinate; on the the left sheet eight Brigittine nuns kneel with folded hands towards the right at the front kneels Bridget's daughter, St Catherine of Sweden; on the right sheet kneel eight praying monks. Woodcut with hand-colouring

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1480-1500
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 265 millimetres (left side leaf)
    • Width: 97 millimetres (left side leaf)
    • Height: 265 millimetres (centre piece)
    • Width: 190 millimetres (centre piece)
    • Height: 265 millimetres (right side leaf)
    • Width: 95 millimetres (right side leaf)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed in pen in the book on the lectern: 'Vidi pallaciumagnu', and on the two books of her rule, 'Der swestern sülln sein lx' and 'Der priester sülln sein xiii' ; lettered in the block on the saint's nimbus: "Sancta Birgita witib" ; on the left scroll starting. "o birgitta...."; in the centre at lower margin, starting with "O her ihu...."; and on the right scroll: "O pate de celis miserere nostri."
  • Curator's comments

    Lit: Richard S. Field in 'Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-century Woodcuts and their Public, exh.cat. edited by P. Parshall and R.Schoch, Washington and Nuremberg, 2005, cat. no.105
    This is the second state of the woodcut, and the shields of Bavaria and the Palatinate replaced those of Wittelsbach and Oettingen. Schreiber suggests that this had been done after 1488, when the countess of Oettingen resigned as the abbess of the Kirchheim convent. Remnants of a MS. on verso of the mount.

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  • Bibliography

    • Schreiber 1926-1930 1283.II bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (German XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2002 May-Sep, Karlsruhe, Zentrum für Kunst, Iconoclash... 2005 Sep-Nov,Washington, NGA, Origins of European Printmaking, 2005/6 Dec-Mar, Nuremberg, GMN, Origins of European Printmaking
    2015 - 2016 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy

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  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1934

  • Acquisition notes

    See Hind's report to the Trustees, 5 June 1934. This comes from the Oettingen-Wallerstein collection at Maihingen, sold at Karl & Faber, Munich, 11 May 1934, lot 32 (ie a month before it was registered). It adds that Campbell Dodgson attended the sale and was in part responsible for the acquisition. Since Van den Bergh frequently helped the BM with acquisitions, the implication is that Dodgson had persuaded him to fund the purchase.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1934,0609.2-4

St Birgita, a triptych of three sheets mounted together; in the centre the saint sits on a bench, holding an open book in each hand; she wears a nimbus with an inscription "Sancta Birgita witib" and a crown lies to her feet; to the r stands an angel, above l Jesus Christ on a cloud in half-length, to the r the Virgin with Child; at the top under foliate the Holy Dove flies underneath which "ths" is inscribed; in the lower corners are coat of arms of Sweden, Bavaria and Palatinate, inscription on lower margin; on the the l side leaf eight Brigittine nuns kneel with folded hands towards the r; at their front to the r kneels St Catherine of Sweden; above their heads a scroll with text is placed, foliate at the top; the r side leaf shows eight praying monks and a scroll with text Woodcut with hand-colouring

St Birgita, a triptych of three sheets mounted together; in the centre the saint sits on a bench, holding an open book in each hand; she wears a nimbus with an inscription "Sancta Birgita witib" and a crown lies to her feet; to the r stands an angel, above l Jesus Christ on a cloud in half-length, to the r the Virgin with Child; at the top under foliate the Holy Dove flies underneath which "ths" is inscribed; in the lower corners are coat of arms of Sweden, Bavaria and Palatinate, inscription on lower margin; on the the l side leaf eight Brigittine nuns kneel with folded hands towards the r; at their front to the r kneels St Catherine of Sweden; above their heads a scroll with text is placed, foliate at the top; the r side leaf shows eight praying monks and a scroll with text Woodcut with hand-colouring

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