Standing Female Saint
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Circle of Martin Schongauer
Germany, 1490
Pen and gray and black ink, over traces of black chalk
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.