About this artwork
This unidentified German artist signed his prints with a monogram. Here he may have copied a coat of arms designed by the more famous, yet equally mysterious Master of the Amsterdam Cabinet. Originally this work was interpreted as commemorating the 1466 marriage of Bernhard von Rohrbach and Adelgunde von Holzhausen. However, this Frankfurt family adopted the helmet on their crest in 1470; the couple’s son likely commissioned the sheet as a bookplate. When the engraving plate was rediscovered in the Holzhausen family archives in Frankfurt in 1856, a large edition was printed, of which this impression is one example.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Monogrammist b. g.
- Coat of Arms of Rohrbach and Eilge von Holzhausen
- Engraving in black on buff laid paper
- 96 × 92 mm (plate); 99 × 93 mm (sheet)
- The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection