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St Martin dividing his cloak with the beggar; the saint on horseback seen cutting his cloak with a sword and passing it to an emaciated figure seated on the ground, a castle on a hill behind, circular
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk
- Production date
- 1527-1528 (circa)
Height: 332 millimetres
Width: 332 millimetres (diameter)
- Curator's comments
- Summary of J.Rowlands 'Drawings by German Artists and Artists from German- speaking regions of Europe in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum: the Fifteenth Century,and the Sixteenth Century by Artists born before 1530', London, BM Press, 1993, no. 258:
Térey tentatively attributed this drawing to Baldung, an opinion which was accepted without reservation by Parker (there are elements of Baldung's woodcut of 'St Martin and the Beggar', Hollstein 264, which are linked to this design) and initially by Rowlands, who then changed his view and considered that it should be more closely linked with Dürer. The design is a free adaptation from a woodcut for a 'Salus animae' of 1503 (C. Dodgson, 'Holzschnitte zu zwei Nürnberger Andachtsbüchern . . . ', Berlin, 1909, p. 18, no. 81, pl. xii) produced in Dürer's studio. It is likely that this drawing was produced by a member of the master's circle, towards the end of Dürer's career. The design was used after Dürer's death for a painted glass-roundel with the arms of Martin Geuder and his wife Juliana, née Pirckheimer. This was one of a series of five, two of which are dated 1533, which was commissioned for the Klarakloster at Nuremberg, and was formerly in the Schlossmuseum, Berlin and destroyed in the Second World War (Schmitz, i, p. 162, pl. 46, ii, pls. 284-8). There is a drawn copy of 1860,0616.54 in Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Kupferstich-Kabinett.
Additional information: A copy of this drawing in graphite by Franz or Johannes Riepenhausen (Göttingen, Städtisches Museum, Riepenhausen-Konvolut, inv.no 1984/151) suggests that this sheet could well have belonged to their father, the artist Ernst Ludwig Riepenhausen of Göttingen (1765-1840) who was known to have collected early prints and drawings (see M.Kunze, 'Antike zwischen Klassizismus und Romantik: die Künstlerfamilie Riepenhausen' exhibition catalogue, Stendal, Winckelmann Museum, 2001, p.109, cat.no III.2, and p.5).
Lit. from Rowlands 1993: Térey, iii, no. 197, repr.; BM Guide, 1928, p. 37, no. 323; M. Weinberger, Mitt. Kunst, no. 2/3, 1932, pp. 37ff., repr.; Koch, p. 208; Rowlands, Dürer, p. 50, no. 321, repr.; BM Dürer and Holbein, p. 121, no. 91(a), repr.
Additional lit.: T. Falk, 'Burlington Magazine', May, 1995, p.325.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1988, July-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no.91a
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 323
1971, BM, Dürer no.321
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