Woman with a Harp

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1520/25

Artist:

Sebald Beham
German, 1500-1550

About this artwork

Who is this female harpist, sitting solemnly in a wooded landscape? Is she a muse? A goddess? Just an ordinary woman? The viewer is left to speculate, as there are not enough clues to know for certain. Hans Sebald Beham, one of the so-called German Little Masters, produced prints such as this one that create a sense of intimacy through their small scale and the proximity of their subjects to the picture plane. This etching is even smaller than many of his prints, obliging viewers to come close to observe the details.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hans Sebald Beham

Title

Woman with a Harp

Origin

Germany

Date

1520–1530

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

40 x 33 mm (image/plate); 48 x 42 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Edna Wilhelmine Rose Fund

Reference Number

1966.28

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