- Museum number
Three ornamental designs for the foot of a monstrance; on the left, St Christopher and the Christ Child on his shoulders, in the centre, the Virgin and Child, and on the right, St Agnes with a lamb.
Pen and brown ink
- Production date
- 1515 (circa)
Height: 143 millimetres
Width: 176 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This and Sl, 5218.142 are designs for engraved patterns on the feet of monstrances, which were gold or silver caskets used for displaying relics or other objects of religious significance. Dürer probably drew them for his brother Endres (1484 -1555) who became a master goldsmith in 1514 and sold his interest in the family home to Dürer in 1518. Dürer made silverpoint and charcoal portrait drawings of Endres at about this time (Vienna Albertina and New York, Pierpont Morgan Library; Strauss 1514/30, 1518/18 ) and a profile in pen and ink in 1514 which was used in his etching 'Group of Five Figures'(Hollstein ). Endres lived the longest of the three Dürer brothers, and inherited Albrecht's estate when Agnes died in 1539.
Lit from J.Rowlands, 'Drawings by German Artists in the British Museum, the XV and XVI centuries by artists born before 1530', London, 1993, no 202: 'Waagen, Treasures, i, p. 231, no. 141; Hausmann, Naumann's Archiv, p. 40, no. 141; Hausmann, p. 111, no. 117; Ephrussi, p. 206; Thausing, ii, pp. 51f.; Lippmann, part xxiii, p. 13, no. 272, repr.; Conway, p. 33, no. 594; Pauli, p. 229, no. 815; Rottinger, Doppelgänger, p. 7; BM Guide, 1928, p. 26, no. 247; Flechsig, Dürer, ii, p. 330; Tietze, ii, p. 124, no. 678, repr.; Winkler, Dürer, iii, pp. 113f, no. 723, repr.; Panofsky, ii, p. 148, no. 1573; Fritz, Gestochene Bilder, pp. 184ff, repr.; Kohlhaussen, pp. 211f.; Rowlands, Dürer, p. 32, no. 200; Strauss, iii, p. 1686, no. 1517/26, repr.; BM Dürer and Holbein, p. 92, no. 64(b), repr.'
Further lit: G.Bartrum, 'Dürer and his Legacy' London, British Museum, exhibition catalogue, 2002, no. 135 (not exhibited)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 247
1960, BM, Sloane Drawings, (no cat.)
1970, BM, Tercentenary of Sloane Drawings, no.2b
1971, BM, Dürer, no.200
1988 Jul-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no.64b
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,07.141