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St Bartholomew with a kneeling donor; design for a glass painting. c.1510
Pen and brown ink with grey wash
- Production date
- 1510 (circa)
Height: 176 millimetres
Width: 110 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing was first attributed toWertinger by Edmund Schilling. The attribution finds further confirmation from a comparison with a pair of glass-paintings from the Charterhouse at Prüll near Regensburg. They show Duke Albrecht IV of Bavaria, the founder of the monastery, with St John the Evangelist, and Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria, son of Albrecht IV with St Bartholomew, the patron of the monastery (Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum; 'Bayerische Frömmigkeit', p.55, nos.T.170/171 repr.). They are credibly assigned to the circle of Hans Wertinger by Elisabeth von Witzleben, and were originally placed in windows either side of the high altar, and executed certainly after the death of Duke Albrecht in 1508, and most probably in time for the re-dedication of the new monastery church at Prüll, in 1513. It is not inconceivable, given the presence of the donor's patron saint in the present drawing, that this sheet is associated with the design of a further glass-painting at Prüll; and it should probably be dated about 1510, a decade later than has been tentatively suggested previously. A remarkable fact about the two extant glass-paintings is that two well-nigh exact contemporaneous duplicates exist in the parish church at Tölz in Upper Bavaria.
R. Schilling (ed.), 'Die von Edmund Schilling gesammelten Zeichnungen', published privately, Edgware, 1982, p. 235, 'Das kleine Album', no. 67; J. Rowlands 'German Drawings from a private collection', exh.cat London and Nuremberg, 1984, no.41; J. Rowlands, 'The Age of Dürer and Holbein: German Drawings, 1400-1550', p.157, no.126 (for earlier literature).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984 Feb-Sept, London, Washington and Nuremberg, German Drawings, no.41
1988 July-Oct BM Age of Dürer and Holbein, no.126
1997-8 Sept-Jan BM Schilling
1999 Jul-Sep, London, National Gallery, 'Wertinger's Summer'
- Acquisition date
- 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.
This drawing was acquired by Edmund Schilling for a small album (no. 67) that he compiled for his wife, Rosi Schilling (see for further details 1997,0713.1; for the original album, see 159.b.28).
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