Woman Contemplating a Skull

Andrea Andreani (Italian, 1558/59–1629), After Alessandro di Agostino Casolani (Italian, 1552–1606)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII.148.14


Sheet: 28.6 x 21.7 cm (11 1/4 x 8 9/16 in.)(trimmed to the borderline; lacking the inscription below the lower borderline)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from four blocks in orange-brown, brown, gray-violet, and black

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Verso, bottom left, stamped in blue ink, the mark of the Brentano-Birkenstock Collection, Vienna and Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 345); verso, lower right, in blue ink, the duplicate stamp of the Kunsthalle, Hamburg (Lugt 686); verso, lower right, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA W.G. Russell Allen Bequest (not in Lugt)


Cabinet Brentano-Birckenstock (founded 1765 by Johann Melchior Birckenstock (1738-1809)), Vienna and Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 345); sold following the death in 1869 of Antonie, Birckenstock's only daughter, wife of Franz Brentano, Frankfurt, Prestel, May 16, 1870 and following days, lot 2738; bought by Meyer for 30 Kr.; Kunsthalle, Hamburg (Lugt 686); W.G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955); his bequest to the MFA September 10, 1975

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen