St. John the Evangelist (189 x 100 mm.)
Upper Rhine, c. 1480-90

Pen and black and black-brown ink on paper over preparatory drawing executed with charcoal and chalk, washes with brush in grey and ocher; yellow tint in the hair and the borders of the garment (particularly its sleeve and hem), and the lips, cheeks, and eyelids accentuated with red. Removed from a previous support, the drawing bears residue of Gothic script, suggesting that it was once pasted into in a manuscript.  Written in pencil on the mount: “Mt. des Lieferinges Altars.” This monochrome drawing may be a copy-drawing. However, the artist has skillfully applied colored accents and monochrome washes, which is rare in copy-drawings; they occur on select examples from Bavaria, Swabia, Alsace, and the region of Lake Constance.  Hand-colored drawings and early prints were often inserted in manuscripts in the century after Gutenberg. This delicate drawing of St. John the Evangelist, probably from a Crucifixion, copies a lost original similar to the engraving of the Crucifixion by the anonymous copper engraver known as the Master E.S. (Lehrs 44).


Price$25,000 - $35,000

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Old Master Drawings 1465 to 1670
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