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Female figure holding a shield; whole-length kneeling in profile to right, wearing a turban, and tunic revealing one breast
Black chalk; with indented lines
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Height: 244 millimetres
Width: 198 millimetres (irregular)
- Curator's comments
- Summary of J.Rowlands, 'Drawings by German Artists and Artists from German-speaking regions of Europe in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum: the Fifteenth Century, and the Sixteenth Century by Artists born before 1530', London, BM Press, 1993, no. 60:
'Winkler, following Parker (1928 ‘Guide’) attributed this drawing to Hans von Kulmbach. He described it as characteristic, while at the same time noting the awkward delineation of the foot and the upper thigh of the kneeling figure. Since that time, the attributions of chalk and charcoal drawings by Dürer and his followers in the early years of the sixteenth century have been re-assessed. Following Schilling's convincing attribution of 'Judith and Holofernes' and 'Death and the revellers', both in Dresden (Kupferstich-Kabinett, inv. nos. c. 2210, c. 2211), and the ‘Rape of Europa’ (see 1997,0712.15) to Baidung (E. Schilling, ‘Zeitschr. f. Kunstgesch’. xxiv, 1961, p. 91; ‘Festschrift O. Pächt’, pp. 196ff.), Winkler's attribution of this sheet to Kulmbach, made on the basis of a comparison with 'Judith and Holofernes' cannot be maintained (Winkler, ‘K&S’, pl. 116). Both drawings are in the same hand, but the artist concerned is Baldung, not Kulmbach. Furthermore, the handling of the chalk and the slight awkwardness to which Winkler alluded is consistent with Baldung's early work in Nuremberg. As a design for a glass-painting, this sheet should be compared with the figure of the Archangel in the Annunciation in the Löffelholz window in St Lorenzkirche, Nuremberg, of c. 1506 (Oettinger-Knappe, pp. 47ff., 122f., no. II, repr., pl. XII) in which Baldung has handled the volume of the figure in a similar way. The attribution of this drawing to Baldung also helps to confirm that of the ‘Portrait of a woman’, in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. With the convincing assessment based on persuasive comparisons made out by Schoch (Nuremberg, ‘Gothic & Renaissance’, p. 371, no. 177, repr.), particularly that with the figure of St Apollonia in the St Sebastian altarpiece (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, inv. no. Gm 1079; Osten, ‘Baldung’, pl. 15), there is no need to hesitate further in assigning this drawing to Baldung.'
Lit from Rowlands 1993: Hausmann, Naumann's Archiv, p. 37, no. 63; Hausmann, p. 108, no. 59; Bermann, p. xxix, no. 49; BM Guide, 1928, p. 35, no. 309; F. Winkler, Prussian Jahrbuch, 1, 1929, pp. 34f., 43; Stadler, Kulmbach, p. 51, no. 151, repr.; Winkler, K&S, p. 92, no. 115, repr.
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Miscellaneous number: C,07.63