Design for a Quatrefoil with a Castle, Two Lovers, a Maiden Tempted by a Fool, a Couple Seated by a Trough, and a Knight and His Lover Mounted on a Horse

Object Details

Title:

Design for a Quatrefoil with a Castle, Two Lovers, a Maiden Tempted by a Fool, a Couple Seated by a Trough, and a Knight and His Lover Mounted on a Horse

Artist/Maker(s):

After The Master of the Housebook (German, active about 1470 - 1500)

Culture:

German

Date:

about 1475 - 1490

Medium:

Pen and black ink

Dimensions:

24.1 x 21.7 cm (9 1/2 x 8 9/16 in.)

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This design for a stained-glass quatrefoil (four-lobed form) portrays scenes of courtly love. At left, a couple on horseback are shown hunting with a falcon. At right, a maiden, accompanied by an eager fool, promenade through a forest. Below, a reclining couple enjoy an amorous dalliance beside a trough. The top lobe features a castle above a rocky landscape.

The empty field in the center of the sheet is a placeholder for a coat of arms and suggests that the stained glass could have been made for a royal residence or official building. This drawing is likely a simplified copy by an artist in the workshop of the Master of the Housebook. It was intended as a model for a glass painter. Several steps and a variety of craftspeople were involved in making stained glass. After the artist drew the overall composition, a glass painter painted the design onto pieces of clear and colored glass. In order to allow light to penetrate through the painted design, the glass painter stippled, scratched, and scrubbed away some of the paint before the glass was stained and set into a lead framework.

Exhibitions
Made for Manufacture: Drawings for Sculpture and the Decorative Arts (February 6 to May 20, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 6 to May 20, 2007, (Cat.)
Ten Years of Drawings: What, How, and Why (January 29 to May 4, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 29 to May 4, 2008, (Cat.)
The Secret Life of Drawings (November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011, (Cat.)
Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470-1600 (March 27 to June 17, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 27 to June 17, 2012, (Cat.)