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  • Description

    Two nude allegorical figures seated back-to-back on a sphere, with a lion behind to left; the right figures holding a bunch of grapes and a long stick, the left figure seen from behind and holding a spade or an oar Silverpoint on white prepared paper
    Watermark: Crowned coat of arms charged with a sun in a circle/wheel (arms of the archbishopric of Mayence?; 62 by 28 mm)


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1515 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 277 millimetres
    • Width: 205 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed on a tablet, in lower right: "L".
        Verso inscribed (unseen): "37"
  • Curator's comments

    For a description of the different types of watermarks in Lucas van Leyden prints, see New Hollstein, pp.261-301; compare with 'Shield with sun' (?). Formerly in the 1637 Lucas album, see Ilja M. Veldman, "Portrait of an art collector: Pieter Spiering van Silvercroon" Simiolus 38:4 (2015/16):

    Literature: A.E. Popham, 'Drawings of the Early Flemish School', London, 1926,; W. Kloek, 'The Drawings of Lucas van Leyden', in Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 29 (1978),; C. Vogelaar et al., 'Lucas van Leyden en de Renaissance', De Lakenhal, Leiden, 2011, 243; John Oliver Hand in 'Drawing in Silver and Gold: from Leonardo to Jasper Johns' Princeton and Oxford, 2015, p. 36, pl. 19; Joanna Russell, Judith Rayner and Jenny Bescoby, ' Northern European Metalpoint Drawings: technical examination and analysis', London, 2016, p. 22, 73.


  • Bibliography

    • Sell et al 2015 19 bibliographic details
    • Popham (D & F) 1932 6 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Netherlandish Roy XVc/Early XVIc)

  • Exhibition history

    1973, BM, Netherlandish prints and drawings (no cat.) 1984, BM, Master Drawings & Watercolours, no. 79 2011 Mar-June, Leiden, Stedelijk Mus De Lakenhal, Lucas van Leyden and the Renaissance 2015 May-Jul, Washington, National Gallery of Art, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'
    2015 10 Sep-6 Dec, London, British Museum, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'

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  • Acquisition notes

    From the 1637 Lucas album, for comment see 1892,0804.8

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Two nude allegorical figures seated back-to-back on a globe; with a lion behind to l Metalpoint, on prepared paper


Two nude allegorical figures seated back-to-back on a globe; with a lion behind to l Metalpoint, on prepared paper

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