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Christ in the Wine Press (Title Plate)

Karel van Mander (in 1596)

Karel van Mander was not only the author of the Schilder-boeck but also a painter, draughtsman and print designer. This series of thirteen drawings is an almost complete set of episodes from the Passion. The pen drawings are coloured in a painterly way with blue-grey washes and white gouache for touches of light. The title plate of the series, ‘Christ in the Winepress’, is an allegory of Christ’s death for mankind, with his blood streaming into a chalice like wine.


Title Christ in the Wine Press (Title Plate)
Material and technique Pen and brown ink, bluish-gray wash, heightened with white, indented for transfer, framing lines with the pen in brown ink
Object type Drawing
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (Sheet) Height : 116 mm
Width : 104 mm
Makers Draughtsman: Karel van Mander
Accession number MB 1716 (PK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1871(?)
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 23-10-1871
Age maker About 48 years old
Signature None
Watermark Indistinct fragment, possibly the lower part of a shield with something below (on P2 from the left; vV, 4P, fine; for a discussion of the paper, see under inv. no. MB 1721). [AE] [for image click thumbnail above the 'zoom in' option]
Condition Brown foxing all-over, especially in the upper half
Provenance Jan Pietersz. Zomer (1641-1724), Amsterdam, cat. 1720-24, p. 14, Album NN, [Plomp 2001, p. 203]; Sybrand Feitama jr. (1694-1758), his sale, Amsterdam (De Bosch/De Winter) 16 October 1758 sqq., Album R, nos. 1-12 (‘Karel Vanmandere, 'De Passie, zeer fraaij geteekend met Indigo en zommigen met roet; in koper gebragt door J. D. Gheyn', fl. 19,- to Van Dyk); Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (1726-1798), Amsterdam; his (†) sale, Amsterdam (Van der Schley et al.), 3 March 1800, Album BBB, no. 12 ('Dertien stuks uitvoerige Teekeningen, zynde de Passie; met de pen, O. I. Inkt en roet, alles door Carel van Mander', fl. 32,10 to Jolles); J.A. Jolles, his sale, Amsterdam (De Vries et al.) 27 November 1848 sqq., Album P, no. 725 ('Dertien stuks uitvoerige Teekeningen, voorstellende de Passie; met de pen en indigo; zijnde door A. Matham in het koper gebragt', fl. 8.75 to Lamme?); Diederik Vis Blokhuysen († 1869), Rotterdam, his sale (†), Rotterdam (Lamme) 23-28 October 1871, no. 379 (‘K. van Mander. La passion. Treize dessins. Au bistre légèrement coloré’, to the museum)
Exhibitions Karel van Mander en het Haarlems maniërisme (1996)
Research Netherlandish Drawings of the 15th and 16th Centuries.
Literature Cat. 1901, p. 47, no. 518; Valentiner 1930, p. 86, no. Z.3; Stampfle 1991, p. 14, under no. 21; Miedema 1995, p. 119, no. D6; New Hollstein 1999a, appendix 2, no. 7, and under no. 56; New Hollstein 2000a, part 1, p. 80, under no. 36
Material Brown ink > Ink > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Paper > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Pen > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Technique Indented > Indenting > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Indented > Indenting > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Grey wash > Washing > Wash > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Blue wash > Washing > Wash > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Karel van Mander

Meulebeke 1548 - Amsterdam 1606

Karel van Mander travelled to places such as Vienna and Rome, and then settled in Haarlem. Together with the artists Hendrick Golzius and Cornelisz. van Haerlem..