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The unbearable pain, or perhaps acute mental anguish, depicted in this study of a crying child is captured with maximum emotional intensity. Focusing upon the face and throat, Grünewald presents us with a spectacular view of a curly-haired child. Open-mouthed, the child violently throws back his head, exposing the profound darkness of his narrow, gaping mouth, half-rounded as he purses his lips. The row of teeth in the child’s upper jaw, including a number of gaps, are studied in extraordinary detail. It is also possible to discern the outline of the boy’s lips, as well as his tongue and gums.

Details

  • Title: Head of a Crying Child
  • Creator: Matthias Grünewald
  • Date: c. 1515/1520 - 1520
  • Physical Dimensions: w20.2 x h24.7 cm
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: Charcoal, partially wiped, fixed, remains of white brush
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 1070
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Jörg P. Anders │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Michael Roth
  • Collection: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Artist Gender: Male
  • Artist Dates: 1465 - 1528

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