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Design for a Glass Painting

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This intricate design for a glass painting is thoroughly characteristic of Holbein’s first years as a master in the guild at Basel. It was presumably made for the rooms of a newly appointed bishop or abbot, as symbolised by the crozier and mitre. The image of the Madonna and Child on the mitre may indicate that the patron’s cathedral or abbey was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The empty shield which is meant to include the patron’s coat of arms suggests that this design is unfinished. The drawing was once in the collection of Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680), Principal Painter to Charles II of England.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham

Title

Design for a Glass Painting

Date

c.1520

Medium

pen & grey wash with traces of black chalk on paper

Measurements

H 37.5 x W 29.5 cm

Accession number

55.13

Acquisition method

purchased, 1955

Work type

Drawing

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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