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St Margaret; the saint whole-length standing to front, with long hair, wearing a cloak, her right hand raised, the other holding up a portion of her dress. c.1495-1500
Pen and black ink, heightened with white; on green prepared paper
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Height: 251 millimetres
Width: 119 millimetres
- 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. 42:
'The old attribution to Schongauer is incorrect. The use of white heightening on a dark coloured paper is more typical of Swabian drawings than those of the Rhine region, and the handling of the white bodycolour in this sheet is comparable with the pink heightening used by Hans Baldung in his early self-portrait of c. 1502 in Basel (see C. Müller, in 'Dürer, Holbein, Grünewald' exh.cat. Basel and Berlin, 1997, no. 12.1). The attention given to the volume of the figure in this drawing suggests that the draughtsman was copying a piece of sculpture. Its resemblance to the carved figures of Michel Erhart (c. 1440-after 1522) and of his son, Gregor Erhart (c. 1460-1540) is striking. Gregor Erhart's ‘Virgin and Child on a crescent moon’ in the Ulrich and Afrakirche, Augsburg, executed c. 1495-1500 (Augsburg, ‘Holbein’, p. 185, no. 257, pl. 254), makes a fascinating comparison with the present drawing and suggests Augsburg, to where Gregor moved in 1494, as the likely place of origin of the sculpture.'
Lit from Rowlands 1993: JCR, p. 171, no. 507; BM Dürer and Holbein, p. 36, no. 17, repr.
Additional lit: Iris Brahms, ' Zwischen Licht und Schatten: zur Tradition der Farbgrundzeichnung bis Albrecht Dürer', Paderborn, 2016, p. 141, fig. III.27.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1988, July-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no. 17
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