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The Madonna by the Fountain

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

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1501

Artist:

Master M.Z.
German, active 1500-1550

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.

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Artist

Master M.Z.

Title

The Madonna by the Fountain

Origin

Germany

Date

1496–1506

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

179 × 146 mm (sheet trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.813

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