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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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Height: 265 millimetres (centre piece)
Height: 265 millimetres (left side leaf)
Height: 265 millimetres (right side leaf)
Width: 190 millimetres (centre piece)
Width: 97 millimetres (left side leaf)
Width: 95 millimetres (right side leaf)
- 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.
- Not on display
- 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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- 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.
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