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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1895,0915.1007

  • Description

    The Virgin adoring the infant Christ; kneeling to right, with her eyes closed and hands held in prayer, Christ lying on a cloth at r, three figures in the landscape beyond at l Pen and black ink

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1445 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 129 millimetres
    • Width: 172 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Rowlands 1993
        Verso inscribed in an early(?) sixteenth century hand: "gergorij beck van norlingen".
  • Curator's comments

    Text from 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. 1:

    'Robinson described the drawing as 'Early Flemish school c. 1470'. The connection with Stefan Lochner was first made by Sidney Colvin in an annotation to the departmental copy of the Malcolm catalogue, where he observed that 1895,0915.1007 is related to the artist's painting of the 'Adoration of the Child' (Munich, Alte Pinakothek, inv. no. 13169). The drawing is, as far as it goes, a virtually contemporary copy of the painting; the stable with the ox and the ass and the angels in the background being omitted. The painting is on one side of the left wing of an altarpiece; the other side shows the 'Crucifixion'. The right wing, with the 'Presentation of Christ in the Temple', dated 1445, and the 'Stigmatisation of St Francis' is in the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (inv. no. 272).
    Another early drawn copy from the painting, which records the figure of the Virgin only, is in the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (Masson Collection, no. 128; Paris, 'École des Beaux-Arts', pp. 6-7, no. 2, repr.).'

    Additional information:
    According to Dagmar R. Täube and Frank Günter Zehnder in the Cologne 1993 exhibition catalogue (published after Rowlands 1993) the style of this drawing comes very close to Lochner's technique of underdrawing in his paintings, which is reproduced through infra-red photography in the catalogue. Of all the surviving drawings associated with Lochner, this must certainly have been executed in his workshop, and is the only one to have survived that could conceivably be by him (see Cologne 1993 cat., p.179, n.22).

    Lit from Rowlands 1993: JCR, p. 184, no. 549; BM Guide 1895, pp. 52f, no. 259; H. Schrade, Wallraf Jahrbuch, v, 1928, pp. 61ff., fig. 5; Stange, iii, 1938, p. 108; Stange, Tafelbilder, i, pp. 42-43, no. 96a; Munich, Gemälde Köln, p. 207; BM Dürer and Holbein, p. 30, no. 9, repr.

    Further lit: Stefan Lochner Meister zu Köln: Herkunft - Werke - Wirkung, exh.cat. Cologne,Wallraf-Richartz Museum, 1993, no.90; T. Falk, Burlington Magazine, May, 1995, p.325; Wallraf-Richartz Jahrbuch, Band lviii, 1997, (for papers given at a colloquium on the exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum); S. Buck in H. Dickel (ed) 'Zeichen vor Dürer: die Zeichnungen des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts in der Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen, Petersberg, 2009, p.71, Abb.1, under no.23

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  • Bibliography

    • Rowlands 1993 1 bibliographic details
    • JCR 549 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (German Roy XVc)

  • Exhibition history

    1895, London British Museum, Guide to an exhibition, pp. 52f.
    1988, July-Oct, BM, Age of Dürer & Holbein, no. 9
    1993/4 Dec-Feb, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Stefan Lochner, no.90 1996/7 Sep-Jan, BM, Malcolm Collection, no. 64

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1895

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1895,0915.1007

The Virgin adoring the infant Christ; kneeling to r, with her eyes closed and hands held in prayer, Christ lying on a cloth at r, three figures in the landscape beyond at l Pen and black ink

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The Virgin adoring the infant Christ; kneeling to r, with her eyes closed and hands held in prayer, Christ lying on a cloth at r, three figures in the landscape beyond at l Pen and black ink

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