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This drawing of a crowned female saint could have been made as part of a model book, to be used and reused in any number of compositions. Her downcast, sorrowful expression, indicative of piety and suffering, harmonizes with the broken, twisting folds of her robe. During the second half of the 1400s in Germany, drawing emerged as an important art form, and this is one of the relatively rare surviving examples from this period.

Details

  • Title: Standing Female Saint
  • Creator: Martin Schongauer
  • Date Created: 1490
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 24.4 × 19.1 cm (9 5/8 × 7 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and gray and black ink, over traces of black chalk
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 91.GA.55
  • Culture: German
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Circle of Martin Schongauer (German, about 1450/1453 - 1491)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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