Madonna and Child in a Courtyard, about 1474

Madonna and Child in a Courtyard, about 1474

The Madonna and Child in a Courtyard
Engraving on paper, lettered with the artist's monogram and device
Colmar, Germany
About 1474
Museum no. E.674-1940
From the bequest of Miss Alice G E Carthew

Martin Schongauer, son of a goldsmith, was one of the first European artists to explore the full expressive potential of engraving. Even working on a very small scale, he could create a vivid image. Contemporaries soon recognised the importance of Schongauer's technique and within his lifetime began to collect his prints.