- Museum number
Two ornamental designs for the foot of a monstrance; a man kneeling in profile to the right with his helmet on the ground, and a kneeling woman holding a rosary, facing left.
Pen and brown ink
- Production date
- 1515 (circa)
Height: 146 millimetres
Width: 174 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Summary of J.Rowlands, 'Drawings by German Artists in the British Museum, the XV and XVI centuries by artists born before 1530', London, 1993, no 201:
'J.M. Fritz pointed out that the studies on this sheet and on SL,5218.141 are designs for the engraved ornament on the feet of monstrances, not for the decoration of spoons as had been thought. Nor can they have been designs for chalices, an idea advanced by Röttinger, because unlike monstrances all the sections of the foot on chalices are not oblong but of equal size. The style of this drawing and Sl,,5218.141 is consistent with a date of c. 1515, after Dürer's younger brother Endres Dürer (1484-1555) had become a master goldsmith and with whom these and similar designs are usually associated.'
Lit from Rowlands: 'Waagen, Treasures, i, p. 231, no. 142; Hausmann, Naumann's Archiv, p. 40, no. 142; Hausmann, p. 111, in error nos. 117 to 121 (it should read no. 118); Ephrussi, p. 206; Thausing, ii, p. 52; Lippmann, part xxiii, p. 13, no. 271, repr.; Conway, p. 33, no. 594; Pauli, p. 29, no. 814; Röttinger, Doppelgänger, p. 7; BM Guide, 1928, p. 26, no. 246; Flechsig, Dürer, ii, p. 330; Tietze, ii, p. 124, no. 677, repr.; Winkler, Dürer, iii, p. 113, no. 722, repr.; Panofsky, ii, pp. 147-8, no. 1572; Rupprich, i, p. 209, no. 61; Fritz, Gestochene Bilder, pp. 184ff., repr.; Kohlhaussen, pp. 211f, 229f; Rowlands, Dürer, p. 32, no. 199; Strauss, iii, p. 1686, no. 1517/25, repr.; BM Dürer and Holbein, p. 92, no. 64(a), repr.'
Additional literature: G.Bartrum, 'Dürer and his Legacy', exhibition catalogue, London, British Museum, 2002-3, no. 134 (not exhibited); S. Brisman, 'Albrecht Dürer & the Epistolary Mode of Address', Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2017, fig. 0.2.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1928 BM London, Guide Woodcuts, Drawings of A. Dürer, no. 246
1960, BM, Sloane Drawings, (no cat.)
1970, BM, Tercentenary of Sloane Drawings, no.2a
1971, BM, Dürer, no.199
1988 Jul-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no.64a
1991/2 Oct-Jan, Washington, NGA, Circa 1492: Age of Exploration, no.207
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: C,07.142