Shield with a Unicorn, Held by a Lady

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

Date:

1480/90

Artist:

Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1450-1491

About this artwork

In contrast to the wild man, woman, and child seen nearby (1956.917 and 1944.608), this engraving portrays a member of civilization. Only virgins were said to be able to attract and tame unicorns; by including the mythical beast in the shield, Schongauer emphasized the subject’s purity. Later Northern European artists such as Albrecht Dürer would frequently feature this type of grassy bench in depictions of tender moments between the Virgin Mary and Christ Child.

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Artist

Martin Schongauer

Title

Shield with a Unicorn, Held by a Lady

Origin

Germany

Date

1480–1490

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

76 x 76 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1944.610

Extended information about this artwork

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