About this artwork
The artist known as Master M. Z. produced a number of idiosyncratic devotional and secular engraved subjects in Northern Germany around the beginning of the 16th century. This massively sculptural Madonna fills a dainty cup for the Christ Child from a fountain spout with the features of a lion or possibly a monkey. The composition closely recalls Albrecht Dürer’s well-known Madonna with the Monkey. While Dürer’s Christ Child has been distracted by a bird, here the large, naked Christ tugs at the tunic of the tender, if slightly amused Virgin, as if to suggest breast milk would be preferable to water.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Master M.Z.
- The Madonna by the Fountain
- Printed 1496–1506
- Engraving on ivory laid paper
- 179 × 146 mm (sheet trimmed within platemark)
- Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.