Albrecht Altdorfer

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Albrecht Altdorfer
approximately 1480-1538
Two Lovers by a Fountain in a Landscape
ca. 1509-1510
Pen and black ink and white opaque watercolor on brown prepared paper.
6 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches (168 x 119 mm)
Thaw Collection.

The luxurious enhancement of this drawing, with pen and ink and opaque white watercolor on an embellished ground, suggests that it was made as an autonomous work rather than as a preparatory study for a painting. It was probably made to be given or sold to collectors. The drawing depicts a profane subject: the encounter of a pair of lovers who sit beside a small fountain from which water flows into a streamlet. Their horse is tethered to the splintered trunk of a tree; in the distance, behind the dense wood, is a castle flanked by a craggy range of mountains. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Christian von Mechel; Peter Vischer, Basel ca. 1800; Daniel burckhardt Wildt, Basel ca. (1806); Daniel Burckhardt-Wert[h]emann, Basel; by inheritance to a private owner, Basel; Claude Kuhn, Basel; negotiated sale, London, Sotheby's; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
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Mechel, Christian von, 1737-1817, former owner.
Vischer, Peter, active 1800, former owner.
Burckhardt-Wildt, Daniel, 1752-1819, former owner.
Burckhardt-Werthemann, Daniel, former owner.
Kuhn, Claude, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.


The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 1, repr.
Denison, Cara D. et al. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 6.
From Leonardo to Pollock: Master drawings from the Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 2006, cat. no. 54, p. 116-117.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 67, repr. [Cara Dafour Denison]

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