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Ihr Kinderlein Kommet

With a view to the Christmas season, the Kupferstichkabinett presents a selection of depictions of the Christ Child. Naturally, we find them in pictures of Mary with Child and the Holy Family, but also in depictions of St. Anne herself and the Holy Family. The woodcuts and etchings on display are by German and Italian late Gothic and Renaissance artists. They show how the character of the pictures changes over time and how they develop an astonishing variety. Also in the pictures we find numerous small putti, droll little children with plump cheeks and curls, which count as childlike companions of the saints to the discoveries in the graphic cabinets of the Kunstmuseum Basel.

Relevant research areas: Western Europe, Baroque, Engraving, Relief printing

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