Albrecht Dürer

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Albrecht Dürer
1471-1528
Kneeling Donor
1506
Brush and black ink and wash, with white opaque watercolor, with pen and dark ink, on blue paper.
12 3/4 x 7 13/16 inches (323 x 198 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 257c
Inscription: 

Signed with the artist's monogram and dated, "1506".

Provenance: 
Count Antoine-François Andréossy, Vienna (d. 1828); Sir Thomas Lawrence (see Lugt 2445-46); Robert Staynor Holford (Lugt 2243); his sale, London, Christie's, 11-14 July 1893, p. 56, lot 630 (to Charles Fairfax Murray); Baron Adalbert von Lanna, Prague (Lugt 2773); his sale, Stuttgart, Gutekunst, 6-11 May 1910, part II, lot 220 (to Colnaghi for Junius Morgan?); J. Pierpont Morgan (no mark; see Lugt 1509).
Bibliography: 

Denison, Cara D., and Helen B. Mules, with the assistance of Jane V. Shoaf. European Drawings, 1375-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, no. 33, repr.
From Leonardo to Pollock: Master drawings from the Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 2006, cat. no. 52, p. 112-113.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 65, repr. [Anne Varick Lauder]

Notes: 

This drawing is a study for one of the principal donors in the "Feast of the Rose Garlands", an altarpiece commissioned from Dürer by the German merchants in Venice for their national church, San Bartolommeo.

Associated names: 

Andréossy, Antoine-François, comte, 1761-1828, former owner.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Holford, Robert Stayner, 1808-1892, former owner.
Lanna, Adalbert Franz Josef, Freiherr von, 1836-1909, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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