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The Large Einsiedeln Madonna

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

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




Master E. S.
German, active c. 1450-1467

About this artwork

In 1466, the early anonymous master of engraving (known by the initials E. S.) was commissioned to make three engravings to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Papal Bull that granted absolution to pilgrims who worshipped at the statue of Madonna in the Benedictine Monastery at Einsiedeln near Zurich. This is the finest known impression of the largest of the three plates undertaken by the master E.S. and represents one of the earliest masterpieces of the art of engraving.


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Master E.S.


The Large Einsiedeln Madonna


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Plate: 20.6 × 12.2 cm (8 1/8 × 4 13/16 in.); Sheet: 20.9 × 12.5 cm (8 1/4 × 4 15/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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