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 7/8 x 5 1/8 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1948.440
The majority of Altdorfer’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 Salome’s elaborate garments and billowing, plumed headdress, emphasizing the figure’s emergence from a deeply shadowed background.
Cma 1949a ; cma 1955c; cma 1958-59; cma 1960b; cma 1966-67a; New Haven et al. 1969-70, 37, under no. 22, 44-45, no. 40, pl. 23; cma 1982-83b; cma 1983f; cma 1991a; cma 1993b.The Cleveland Museum of Art (8/27/00 - 10/17/00); NY, NY: The Pierpont Morgan Library (5/24/01- 8/19/01); Museum of Fine Arts Houston (10/14/01 - 1/6/02); "Master Drawings from The Cleveland Museum of Art", exh. cat. no. 61, pp.152-153; p.292.CMA, "Treasures on Paper from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art" (Mar. 9, 2014-Jun. 8, 2014)
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