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The Holy Trinity Appears to a Kneeling Knight

Sebald Behamsecond quarter of the sixteenth century

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

A kneeling knight prays to a manifestation of the Holy Trinity. His folded hands are linked to the vision by a scroll. The personal relationship to God in prayer is an expression of the individual practice of religion as represented by the Reformers. The fact that the lead cames were drawn in with red chalk makes it clear that it is a design for stained glass.

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  • Title: The Holy Trinity Appears to a Kneeling Knight
  • Creator: Hans Sebald Beham
  • Date Created: second quarter of the sixteenth century
  • Physical Dimensions: Dm: 23.7/24.4 cm
  • Technique and Material: Pen with black ink, brown wash, preliminary drawing in pencil, lead cames drawn in with red chalk; framing line: pen with brown ink
  • Provenance: Old inventory, first listed in the inventory in 1865
  • Museum: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett
  • Inv.-No.: C 2193
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-845516
  • External Link: http://www.skd.museum/de/museen-institutionen/residenzschloss/kupferstich-kabinett/
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett/ Herbert Boswank; 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. 16 / Nora Haubold
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: 1500 Nuremberg–1550 Frankfurt
  • Artist Biography: From around 1514, Beham trained in Dürer’s workshop. He was expelled from Nuremberg in 1525, along with his brother, Barthel, and Georg Pencz, for spreading radical Reformist ideas. Nevertheless, around 1530 Beham was active for, among others, Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, the harsh adversary of the Reformation. Barthel stood out primarily for his prints, including Bible illustrations.

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