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Madonna and Child on a Grassy Bench

A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper.




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.


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Prints and Drawings


Hans Baldung Grien


Madonna and Child on a Grassy Bench


Germany (Artist's nationality)

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Woodcut in black on cream laid paper


Image/sheet, block mark not visible: 23.6 × 16 cm (9 5/16 × 6 5/16 in.)

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Anonymous gift

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