Schreiber 2697 a
Sheet 18.8 x 12.6 cm (7 3/8 x 4 15/16 in. )
Medium or Technique
Engraving in the dotted manner
Not On View
In pen and ink, verso, in German script: "Dem ersamen peter wollnslaher / zu venedig gesessen bey dem / teutschen hauss seynem lieben / bruder d.d. [dono dedit]"
15th century, possibly Petrus de Salistot, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice [see note]. 1955, sold by Hans P. Kraus (dealer), New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 20, 1955)
NOTE: The verso of the print bears an inscription: "Dem ersamen peter wollnslaher / zu venedig gesessen bey dem / teutschen hauss seynem lieben / bruder d.d. [dono dedit]" ("the honorable Peter, woolworker residing at the German house in Venice, given as a gift by his dear brother"). There was a "Petrus de Salistot de Alamanea alta" who recorded as a worker of the woolcraft in Venice in the fifteenth century, but it is not at all certain that this is the same "Peter." See Henry Simonsfeld, Der Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venedig (1887), vol. 2, pp. 278, 318, doc. 50; and Peter Parshall, The Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-Century Woodcuts and Their Public (exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, 2005), cat. no. 97.
Stephen Bullard Memorial Fund and William A. Sargent Fund