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Virgin and Child on a crescent moon. 1503
Pen and black ink
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Height: 223 millimetres
Width: 170 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing demonstrates that, even when working in Nuremberg under the shadow of Dürer, Baldung had already begun to develop his own distinctive style as a draughtsman, especially when using the pen. It was recognised by Schilling as a work of the young Baldung at the Sotheby's auction in 1953. The highly characteristic use of the pen, with short curling strokes defining the folds of the drapery, establishes its place as a drawing from the Nuremberg period: two other closely allied drawings by Baldung, also dated /503, are the 'Aristotle and Phyllis' in the Louvre, Paris (inv.no.34; Koch, pl.I) and the 'Landsknecht and Death' in Modena (Galleria Estense; Koch, pl.2). The only known drawing by Baldung which can be dated earlier than the present sheet is 'St Martin and the Beggar' (see Rowlands 1988, cat. no.88).
Lit. from J. Rowlands & G. Bartrum, The Age of Dürer and Holbein, exhibition catalogue, London, BM, 1988, no.89: 'Halm, 'Deutsche Zeichn.', pp.26f., no.33, repr.; Karlsruhe, 'Baldung', p.64, no.99, repr.; Oettinger-Knappe, p.123, no.14, repr.; Rowlands, 'Dürer', p.50, no.318; H.C von Tavel, 'Zeitschr.f. schweiz. Arch.', xxxv, 1978, p.228, repr.; Bern, 'Deutsch', p.429, no.267, repr.; Schilling, 'Gesamm. Zeichn.', p.43, no. 14, repr.; Osten, 'Baldung', pp.16, 19, 42, repr.; Rowlands, 'Private Collection', p.25, no.20, repr.'
Additional lit.: H. Jacob-Friesen, ed. 'Hans Baldung Grien: heilig/unheilig' (Karlsruhe, 2019) no. 4.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1959, Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Hans Baldung Grien, no.99
1979, Bern, Kunstmuseum, Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, no.267
1984 Feb-Sept, BM, Washington and Nuremberg, German Drawings, no.20
1988 July-Oct BM The Age of Dürer and Holbein, no.89
1997-8 Sept-Jan BM Schilling
2001 May - Sept, London BM, Recent Acquisitions 1996 - 2001
2019-2020 30 Nov-8 Mar, Karlsruhe, Germany, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Hans Baldung Grien
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- Acquisition notes
- In 1997, the Museum acquired on the death of Mrs Rosi Schilling the majority of a collection of mostly northern Old Master drawings assembled by her late husband the curator and later drawings dealer and adviser, Edmund Schilling (1888-1974). Schilling was born in Germany and came to Britain in 1937 after the rise of the Nazis. He was prominent as a specialist in German Old Master drawings and his widow’s bequest in his memory was predominantly made up of studies that he had collected in this field. Given its importance, the Museum accepted the bequest for public benefit in good faith, and has afterwards researched its history, insofar as it has been able. There remain however many works in the bequest with uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45 and the Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of these works during that era.
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