Standing Female Saint

Object Details

Title:

Standing Female Saint

Artist/Maker(s):

Circle of Martin Schongauer (German, about 1450/1453 - 1491)

Culture:

German

Place(s):

Germany (Place created)

Date:

1490

Medium:

Pen and gray and black ink, over traces of black chalk

Dimensions:

24.4 x 19.1 cm (9 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

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This drawing of a crowned female saint could have been made as part of a model book, to be used and reused in any number of compositions. Her downcast, sorrowful expression, indicative of piety and suffering, harmonizes with the broken, twisting folds of her robe. During the second half of the 1400s in Germany, drawing emerged as an important art form, and this is one of the relatively rare surviving examples from this period.

Exhibitions
Drapery and Costume in European Drawings of the 15th through the 18th Century (March 28 to June 11, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), March 28 to June 11, 1995