Albrecht Altdorfer (ca. 1480–1538)
Two Lovers by a Fountain in a Landscape
Pen and black and white ink, on brown prepared paper; framing lines in black ink
Signed with monogram on lining, in red chalk, AB 98, and inscribed in graphite, G. f.B.
6 5/8 x 4 5/8 inches (167 x 119 mm)
Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum; 2006.51
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In this independent finished drawing, Altdorfer placed a knight and lady and their tethered horse beneath a pollarded willow
tree beside a little spring or fountain. That he was influenced by the expressive potential of the woodcut is apparent in the
almost deliberate coarseness of the curved lines defining the willow tree and other elements of the highly stylized
landscape, such as the jagged outlines of the mountainous background, modeled by upward pen strokes to suggest sheer
vertical, if not naturalistic, effect.
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