About this artwork
In this touching interpretation of the death of Jesus’s mother Mary, Martin Schongauer displays a painter’s sense of light and shadows. He outlines the figures and fabric folds with a continuous line, implying volume and depth through fine hatching, following the contours of his forms.
Schongauer was the first graphic artist from Germany originally trained as painter. When he decided to make engravings, a logical choice given that his father was a goldsmith, Schongauer was not constrained by traditional techniques. Executed with conviction and compositional clarity, Schongauer’s masterful engravings were widely distributed, influencing generations of printmakers.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Martin Schongauer
- The Death of the Virgin
- Made 1465–1475
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 259 × 170 mm (sheet, trimmed to platemark)
- Clarence Buckingham Collection