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The authorship of this drawing is documented through the signature and master’s mark on its rear side, making it one of four known drawings by Stoß, who – alongside Tilman Riemenschneider – was the most important German sculptor in the Age of Dürer. While the inadequate understanding of perspective, the crowded and relief-like depiction of the group of figures, and the absence of the dynamic drapery that is characteristic of Stoß’s work are all surprising at first glance, there are parallels to other works by the master – particularly to his engravings. The drawing is also akin to the paintings of the Münnerstädter altar, and it provides a further argument in favour of the controversial attribution of this altar to the master himself.

Details

  • Title: The Presentation in the Temple
  • Creator: Veit Stoß
  • Date: 1505
  • Physical Dimensions: w18 x h11.4 cm
  • Type: Paper
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 17653
  • 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 / Gero Seelig
  • Collection: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Artist Place of Death: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Artist Place of Birth: Dinkelsbühl, Germany
  • Artist Gender: Male
  • Artist Dates: 1447 - 1533

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