- Museum number
St Barbara; whole-length, standing, turned slightly to left, with long, loose, curling hair, holding a chalice in both hands
Pen and black ink, heightened with white; on brown prepared paper
- Production date
- 1511-1517 (circa)
Height: 126 millimetres
Width: 90 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from 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. 49:
'Becker regarded this drawing as being probably from Altdorfer's own hand. She dated it c. 1517 and connected it on stylistic grounds with the ‘St Barbara’ in Budapest (Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, inv. no. E17-35; Winzinger, ‘Altdorfer’, pl. 62), while at the same time noting the disparity of the width of the pen strokes in each. In my view, however, the present drawing is closest in style to the ‘Martyrdom of St Sebastian’, signed and dated 1511 in Brunswick (Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum; Winzinger ‘Altdorfer’, pl 26), and the ‘Sacrifice of Isaac’ of c. 1510 in Vienna (Albertina, inv. no. 3212; Winzinger, ‘Altdorfer’, pl. 25). In both these drawings the economy in the use of white bodycolour and the controlled delicate pen strokes are strong points of similarity to 1909,0109.12. The present sheet is unaccountably not mentioned by Winzinger in his monograph.'
Lit from Rowlands 1993: Obach & Co., Old Master Drawings, no. 62; Becker, p. 115, no. 50; BM Dürer and Holbein, p. 159, no. 128, repr.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1988, July-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no. 128
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- 1909.0109.1 to 17 are drawings selected by Colvin from an exhibition held at the gallery of Obach & Co, and were exchanged with Obach for duplicate prints.
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