View of a Walled City in a River Landscape

Object Details

Title:

View of a Walled City in a River Landscape

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Workshop of Master LCz (German, active 1480 - 1505)

Culture:

German

Place(s):

Germany (Place created)

Date:

about 1485

Medium:

Brown ink, colored washes, gouache with black chalk underdrawing.

Dimensions:

7.3 x 13.5 cm (2 7/8 x 5 5/16 in.)

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In contrast to the loosely defined hills in wash, the draftsman painted the walled town, with its church tower, rooftops, and turreted walls, in bodycolor with great detail and care. Only a darker layer of wash created the road leading up the hill to the open gatehouse on the left. Mere small splotches on the horizon represent trees atop the distant hills.

The remains of a larger scene, visible in the lower right corner, show that this hilly river landscape with a complex of buildings once formed part of a more extensive composition. Scholars do not know which medieval city this scene shows, but they believe that it represents a town in the upper Rhine of Germany around 1490.

Provenance

Art Market Munich

Art Market Boston

Exhibitions
European Landscape Drawings of the 15th through 19th Century (October 6 to December 13, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 6 to December 13, 1992
Cranach (May 17 to August 21, 1994) (109; Cat. by C. Grimm, et al., pp. 291-92)
  • Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, (Augsburg), May 17 to August 21, 1994
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001) (109; Cat. by C. Grimm, et al., pp. 291-92)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001
The Prismatic Palette: Four Centuries of Watercolors (October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005) (109; Cat. by C. Grimm, et al., pp. 291-92)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005
The Early Dürer (May 23 to September 2, 2012) (98)
  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum, (Nuremberg), May 23 to September 2, 2012
The Poetry of Paper (July 23 to October 20, 2013) (98)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 23 to October 20, 2013