This older woman with slightly downcast eyes is shown in clothing appropriate to her age and station. The face, which is confidently modeled with a network of delicate hatching, seems too standardized to have been a portrait of a sitter. Perhaps this Nuremberg drawing from the late fifteenth century was a design for a painting or, more likely a woodcut, perhaps a version of The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne.


  • Title: Half-Length Figure of a Woman
  • Creator: Michael Wolgemut (?)
  • Date Created: c. 1480–90
  • Physical Dimensions: 13.4 × 10.3 cm
  • Technique and Material: Pen and dark brown ink
  • Provenance: Koller Collection (Lugt 2632, 2633) and von Lanna Collection (Lugt 2773)
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 4464
  • 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; cat. no. 101 / Michael Roth
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1434–37 Nuremberg–1519 Nuremberg
  • Artist Biography: Wolgemut married the widow of the painter Hans Pleydenwurff in 1472 and continued running his workshop. His students included the young Albrecht Dürer from 1486 to 1489. In addition to altarpieces and numerous portraits, Wolgemut and his assistants also produced woodcuts for the Schedelsche Weltchronik (Schedel’s world chronicle) of 1493, and he was also active as a book illuminator for Emperor Maximilian I.

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