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The Censer

A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.

Date:

1470/74

Artist:

Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1430/50-1491

About this artwork

Although best known now for his engravings, Martin Schongauer was initially a goldsmith as well as a painter. The extraordinary detail of his early Censer suggests either a design for a planned commission, or a close replica of an existing one. Censers were ornate sculptured objects used in Catholic churches to distribute clouds of incense during Mass by swinging them back and forth on long chains. This one is covered with a heavenly host and boasts numerous openwork areas to allow the clouds of smoke to emerge.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Martin Schongauer

Title

The Censer

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

Artist's working dates 1450–1491

Medium

Engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 25.8 × 20.7 cm (10 3/16 × 8 3/16 in.); Sheet, trimmed within plate: 30.2 × 20.7 cm (11 15/16 × 8 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.44

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