500 years ago

PORTRAIT OF AN ELDERLY MOTHER

 

Until now, this drawing was considered to have been realised by Albrecht Duerer, created mid-March in the year of our Lord, 1514. In his Memorial Book Albrecht Duerer writes: “My pious mother has born and raised 18 children, suffered many plagues and other grave illnesses, has sustained grinding poverty, mockery, disdain, taunts, horrors and great tribulations.”

 

Recent forensic investigations into fingerprints on the edge of the work suggest that Georg Pencz and Barthel Beham, both kleinmeister, were responsible. It is clearly an imitation, an act of jealousy. The two were banned from Nuremberg, deridingly referred to as a “godless painter“.

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