Hans Burgkmair (German, 1473-1531)
woodcut, in black and white on paper washed blue, Sheet - h:32.30 w:22.70 cm (h:12 11/16 w:8 7/8 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1950.72
A chiaroscuro drawing creates the illusion of three dimensions by delineating the image with a pen and dark ink on paper tinted with wash in a middle tone; shadows were added with a brush and dark wash and highlighted with white, gold, and/or silver. The same effect was attained by Burgkmair in this woodcut, which is also on tinted paper. Here, both the black line block and the highlights were printed in black and white, respectively. One of only three impressions of the first state, this luxurious, unique object may have been made for an aristocratic patron.