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This sheet was probably a model for a stained-glass cabinet panel and part of a planned series on the planets. It shows the Roman god Saturn as an old man riding a billy goat. He is carrying one of his dead children on his arm. The cycle of nature with the seasons, months, and planets embodied by figures from ancient mythology contrasted with the idea of the linear course of salvation history.

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  • Title: Saturn
  • Creator: unknown, formerly attributed to Georg Pencz
  • Date Created: c. 1530–45
  • Physical Dimensions: 22.8 × 15.8 cm
  • Technique and Material: Pen with black ink, brown wash, preliminary drawing in charcoal
  • Provenance: Old inventory, to collection prior to 1836
  • Museum: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett
  • Inv.-No.: C 2243
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-845516
  • External Link: http://www.skd.museum/de/museen-institutionen/residenzschloss/kupferstich-kabinett/
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett/ Andreas Diesend; 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. 72 / Nora Haubold
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1500–1550 Leipzig or Breslau (Wrocław)
  • Artist Biography: The painter, printmaker, and journeyman in Dürer’s workshop was expelled from Nuremberg, along with the Beham brothers, as “godless” in 1525, but in 1532 he was appointed municipal painter there. His sometimes Titianesque portraits and his ceiling paintings reminiscent of the frescoes in the Palazzo del Te in Mantua suggest that Pencz traveled to Italy. Having been appointed court painter by Albrecht of Prussia, he died en route to Königsberg.

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