The Adoration of the Einsiedeln Madonna

A work made of woodcut in black hand colored with elements of fabric, copper alloy metal foil, and block printed distemper colorants on paper, attached to the verso and visible through cutouts, on ivory laid paper (discolored to buff), laid down on blue wove paper (discolored to tan).
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  • A work made of woodcut in black hand colored with elements of fabric, copper alloy metal foil, and block printed distemper colorants on paper, attached to the verso and visible through cutouts, on ivory laid paper (discolored to buff), laid down on blue wove paper (discolored to tan).

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Artist unknown
German or Swiss, 18th century

About this artwork

Sometime after the production of the 1466 Master E. S. engraving (1972.1) seen nearby, representations of the miraculous Einsiedeln Virgin statue became more iconic and increasingly triangular in appearance. This unique eighteenth-century woodcut was exuberantly adorned at a workshop in stenciled cutouts backed with fabric and metallic scraps, effectively dressed as the statue itself would have been on festive occasions. The text below states in German, Italian, and French that worshippers could visit this cult object at Einsiedeln. The seemingly repetitive last line, “Zu finden zu Einsiedeln,” however, is an attempt at merchandising rather than a call to pilgrimage, for it identifies where the print may be purchased. A close variant now at the Victoria and Albert Museum is decked in similar fabrics and foils. This suggests that the workshop used several different woodblocks at once, or that one replaced the other.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

The Adoration of the Einsiedeln Madonna

Origin

Germany

Date

1701–1800

Medium

Woodcut in black hand colored with elements of fabric, copper alloy metal foil, and block printed distemper colorants on paper, attached to the verso and visible through cutouts, on ivory laid paper (discolored to buff), laid down on blue wove paper (discolored to tan)

Dimensions

354 × 258 mm (image); 387 × 295 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Eberhard Kornfeld

Reference Number

1999.699

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