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Saint Catherine

A work made of woodcut in black with letterpress on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black with letterpress on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1505/07

Artist:

Hans Baldung Grien
German, 1484/85-1545

About this artwork

Collecting prints after cult statues and miraculous paintings was part of both the European and the Japanese pilgrimage traditions. These woodcuts (2009.43, 2013.172, and 2013.159) could be combined to create their own cult object. Saints Catherine and Barbara flank a frontal Virgin and Child, suggesting the works were intended to be mounted together as a folding domestic altarpiece. The letterpress below each image encouraged meditation and engagement. While only Catherine’s text survives in these impressions, each object would have included both stately Latin verses describing the saint’s history and martyrdom, as well as German prayers pleading for assistance and protection.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hans Baldung Grien

Title

Saint Catherine

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

1505–1507

Medium

Woodcut in black with letterpress on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image/block: 23.2 × 15.8 cm (9 3/16 × 6 1/4 in.); Sheet: 27.3 × 19 cm (10 3/4 × 7 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2009.43

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