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A Young Woman Contemplating a Skull


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


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII.148.14

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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


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