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The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench

Object Details

Title:

The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, Nuremberg School

Culture:

German

Date:

about 1500

Medium:

Pen and brown ink; strip at the top added later

Object Number:

92.GA.103

Dimensions:

19.2 × 15.6 cm (7 9/16 × 6 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

The folds of the Virgin's kerchief, her hair, the grassy bench, and the hem of her gown display beautiful penwork. Her round face with its small chin shows a youthful sweetness as she gazes at her baby, and the long curls of her hair echo the loose bend of the grasses on the left.

At the same time, however, the unknown artist had not mastered anatomy. He shortened the Virgin's right forearm unconvincingly, while the knee on which she appears to bounce the Christ Child seems bulbous and awkward. A young or inexperienced draftsman probably produced this drawing. The eclecticism and cautious restraint of the technique indicate that the artist's style may not have been fully developed.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Central European Drawings of the 16th and 17th Centuries (March 2 to May 9, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 2 to May 9, 1993
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
German and Swiss Drawings from the Permanent Collection (June 6 to August 20, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 6 to August 20, 2000
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
Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts (October 10, 2017 to January 7, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 10, 2017 to January 7, 2018