The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench

Unknown maker, Nuremberg Schoolabout 1500

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The folds of the Virgin's kerchief, her hair, the grassy bench, and the hem of her gown display beautiful penwork. Her round face with its small chin shows a youthful sweetness as she gazes at her baby, and the long curls of her hair echo the loose bend of the grasses on the left.

At the same time, however, the unknown artist had not mastered anatomy. He shortened the Virgin's right forearm unconvincingly, while the knee on which she appears to bounce the Christ Child seems bulbous and awkward. A young or inexperienced draftsman probably produced this drawing. The eclecticism and cautious restraint of the technique indicate that the artist's style may not have been fully developed.

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  • Title: The Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench
  • Creator: Unknown maker, Nuremberg School
  • Date: about 1500
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.2 x 15.6 cm (7 9/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink; strip at the top added later
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 92.GA.103
  • Markings: Markings: (Recto) collection mark of B. Jolles (L. 381) in the lower right corner.
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: (Verso) inscribed "S. Beham".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Drawings