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Madonna mit Einem Stifter und den Heiligen Michael und Katharina, after Jan Van Eyck

19th Century print after 1437 painting
19th Century
23 1/2 in. x 30 1/2 in. (59.69 cm x 77.47 cm)

Jan van Eyck, Flemish, (ca. 1390–1441)
Hugo Burkner, German, (1818–1897)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: Europe, The Netherlands
Medium and Support: Engraving on paper
Credit Line: Found in Collection
Accession Number: 1975.93
This engraving by the German printmaker Hugo Bürkner was made in 1888 after the Flemish master Jan van Eyck’s original fifteenth century painting. Bürkner’s print was probably commissioned as part of a catalogue published by the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) in Dresden, Germany, where van Eyck’s painting is located. Bürkner captures the level of detail for which van Eyck was renowned, down to the Latin inscriptions carved on the triptych’s original frames. The image is a Marian devotional painting typical of the Northern European Renaissance, with Mary and the baby Jesus the central focal point of the composition. Mary, dressed in sumptuous robes, sits enthroned in front of a cloth of honor with the Christ child on her lap. The left wing shows the triptych’s patron (believed to be a member of the Giustiniani clan, a prominent Italian mercantile family) kneeling in front of St. Michael; in the right wing St. Catherine stands reading a prayer book. All five figures are located within the same church-like architectural setting, although the saints and donor are visually separated from the Madonna and Child by the frames of the triptych. Bürkner’s only modification to van Eyck’s original piece is the addition of his monogram, with his initials and the date of the print’s creation, at the base of the column in the lower left-hand corner.

--Maggie Freeman, December 2013

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Image Dimensions: 10 1/2 in. x 15 1/2 in. (26.67 cm x 39.37 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (59.69 x 77.47 cm)

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