This drawing illustrates the artist’s interest in a person’s individual appearance and physiognomy: Whereas the head has been studied in detail and emphasized with color, only contour lines and light hatching suggest the man’s upper body. His focused gaze and the shadings of the color of his eyes, nose, and mouth convey a lively impression


  • Title: Bernd Krechting
  • Creator: Heinrich Aldgrever
  • Date Created: c. 1535
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.2 × 18.4 cm
  • Technique and Material: Black chalk, face and fur colored
  • Provenance: Acquired from P & D Colnaghi in 1903
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 4242
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kupferstichkabinett/home.html
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/ Jörg P. Anders; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; Text © cat. no. 110 / Dorothee Wagner
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1502 Paderborn–c. 1555/61 Soest
  • Artist Biography: Probably trained in Soest, the painter joined the workshop of Ludger tom Ring the Elder in 1521. Later, impressed by the work of Albrecht Dürer, he turned to copperplate engraving and created a series of outstanding portraits in that medium as well as depictions of biblical and mythological figures. Aldegrever was a committed supporter of the Reformation.

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