Lot 4
  • 4

German School, early 16th century

10,000 - 15,000 USD
12,500 USD
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  • Recto: Head of an old woman (St. Anne?);
    Verso: fragmentary study of the legs of a figure seated in a landscape
  • Point of the brush and gray ink and wash (recto);
    red chalk (verso)

Catalogue Note

Although the technique of constructing the features of the figure with repeated touches of the point of the brush is seen in both German and Netherlandish drawings of the period around and shortly after 1500, the strong echoes of Dürer in this interesting head study, and also the reminiscenses of the style of Hans Holbein the Elder, suggest it is most likely south German in origin.  Indeed, as Fritz Koreny has kindly pointed out to us, there is a very similar, small head study of an old woman in a headdress by Holbein the Elder, in the Cleveland Museum of Art.1  The Cleveland drawing is executed in silverpoint rather than brush and wash, and the precise forms of the headdress are different, but the overall conception is extremely similar.  The present drawing must date from the first years of the 16th century.

1.   J.H. Wade Fund, inv. 1970.14