St. Luke and St. Mark with a Portrait of the Virgin and ChildArtist(s)Ludolphe BuesinckObject Creation Date17th centuryMedium & Supportchiaroscuro woodcut on laid paperDimensions
10 9/16 in. x 13 1/2 in. ( 26.8 cm x 34.3 cm )Credit LineGift of J. Frederick HoffmanLabel copy
St. Mark and St. Luke with a Portrait of the Virgin and Child
Chiaroscuro woodcut printed with line block and two tone blocks on laid paper
Gift of J. Frederick Hoffman, 2007/2.144
A painting as gospel—that is what the evangelists St. Mark and St. Luke offer in this print as they meet the gaze of the viewer and direct attention toward a painting of the Virgin and Child displayed between them. According to a famous apocryphal legend, St. Luke was an artist, whose most important work was a portrait of Mary and her newborn made from life. Images of Luke creating the portrait had been popular since the late Middle Ages, and a number of paintings of the Virgin and Child were actually claimed to be the legendary work itself. In the print Luke has just set his palette and brushes on the ledge before him and presents his finished masterwork alongside two books representing the Gospels.
This chiaroscuro woodcut represents St. Mark and St. Luke, each presenting the works in which they relate their eyewitness experiences of Christ. Both saints wrote gospel accounts, portrayed in the print by the closed book that sits before St. Mark on the left and the open book next to St. Luke. According to a famous apocryphal legend, St. Luke was an artist as well as an author, whose most important painting was a portrait of Mary and her newborn. In the print, Luke has just set aside his palette and brushes on the ledge before him and gestures toward his finished masterpiece.Physical Description
Two seated men, depicted in three-quarter length, with flowing beards and long robes look out from this print. A painting of a seated woman holding a child on her lap sits on an easel between them. A closed book is placed before the man on the left, and a second book sits open next to the figure on the right. This man holds a mahlstick, used by painters to steady their hand as they work, in his right hand. A palette and brushes are placed on a ledge in front of him.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typechiaroscuro woodcutCollection AreaWesternRights
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