Albrecht Altdorfer (German, c. 1480-1538)
pen and brown ink and brush and white gouache, framing lines in black ink , Sheet: 19.1 x 12.6 cm (7 1/2 x 4 15/16 in.); Secondary Support: 20 x 13 cm (7 13/16 x 5 1/16 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1948.440
The majority of Altdorferâ€™s surviving drawings are chiaroscuro, made with pen and black or dark-brown ink, highlighted with white gouache applied with a brush, on dark-colored paper. The technique was used widely among northern artists in the early 16th century. Here, finely painted white brushstrokes define Salomeâ€™s elaborate garments and billowing, plumed headdress, emphasizing the figureâ€™s emergence from a deeply shadowed background.
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