- Museum number
Studies of eight scenes of martyrdom, St Christopher, and the Birth of Christ. c.1500-10
Pen and black ink
Verso: Head of a horse
Pen and black ink
- Production date
- 1500-1510 (circa)
Height: 203 millimetres
Width: 280 millimetres (the sheet is very torn; lower left corner made up)
- Curator's comments
- Summary of J. Rowlands,' The Age of Dürer and Holbein' exh.cat. BM,1988, no.7:
'The artist who has filled this sheet with these compact scenes has a sense of rhythmic quality in his penwork and gives movement to his figures which are far more allied to Rueland Frueauf the Younger's work than to his father's, as Schilling and Peter Halm noted. A comparison between this sheet and the way in which the figures around the foot of the cross are grouped in the 'Crucifixion' by Rueland Frueauf the Younger, dated 1496, in the Augustiner Chorherrenstift, Klosterneuberg, near Vienna, would suggest a firm attribution to this artist.'
Additional information: Fritz Koreny has suggested (orally ) that the style of the lively, distorted figures seen here is closer to Breu's work than that of Rueland Frueauf the Younger whose painted figures are rather more elegant, and who is unknown as a draughtsman. There may also be a connection with Cranach prints. (check)
Literature: Halm, 'Deutsche Zeichn.', p.24, no.23; F.Winzinger, 'Österreichische Zeitschrift für Kunst und Denkmalpflege', Vienna, xix, 1965, p.151 repr.; R. Schilling (ed) 'Die von Edmund Schilling gesammelten Zeichnungen', published privately, Edgware, 1982, p.57, no.21; J. Rowlands 'German Drawings from a private collection', exh.cat London and Nuremberg, 1984, p.42, no. 38
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1956/7 Munich, 'Deutsche Zeichnungen' no.23
1984 Feb-Sept, London, Washington and Nuremberg, German Drawings, no.38.
1997-8 Sept-Jan BM Schilling
- 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.
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