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Quodlibet with Goldfinch

A work made of etching in black hand-colored with brush and watercolor on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black hand-colored with brush and watercolor on ivory laid paper.

Date:

late 18th century

Artist:

Christian Gottlob Winterschmidt
German, 1755-c. 1809

About this artwork

This illusionistic, hand-colored German etching presents several of the most popular and ephemeral printmaking products—genre pictures, maps, playing cards, religious texts, and wall calendars—tacked to a wall with paste or daubs of wax. Prints mounted in this manner were used for decorating, devotion, entertainment, or study, and the practice is depicted in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century paintings of the interiors of taverns and private homes. Renaissance viewers even used them on ceilings, furniture, or more portable supports such as boards, boxes, and fabric. This late-eighteenth-century work suggests that the practice continued long after.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Christian Gottlob Winterschmidt

Title

Quodlibet with Goldfinch

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1775–1809

Medium

Etching in black hand-colored with brush and watercolor on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image/sheet, cut within platemark: 26.1 × 20.6 cm (10 5/16 × 8 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Reference Number

1950.1373

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