Master of the Drapery Studies

The Master of the Drapery Studies (German: Meister der Gewandstudien), also known as Master of the Coburg Roundels (German: Meister der Coburger Rundblätter) is the notname given to the "very productive"[1] and "multifaceted"[2] late 15th-century author of some 30 surviving paintings and over 150 surviving drawings.[3] Indeed, according to the J. Paul Getty Museum, up to 180 surviving drawings "have been attributed to this master, comprising one of the most extensive bodies of drawn work of any northern European artist before Albrecht Dürer."[4] Conversely, it has been suggested at least once that both the Master of the Drapery Studies and the Master of the Coburg Roundels may be two separate persons and that their body of work is attributable to a whole circle of artists.[5]

Master of the Drapery Studies, Master of the Coburg Roundels
Meister der Gewandstudien, Meister der Coburger Rundblätter
(possibly) Heinrich Lützelmann

not after 1450
Diedaround 1500
Known forpaintings and drawings
Notable workThe Passion of Christ (Strasbourg)

Presumed identity and body of workEdit

A drapery study (Cabinet des estampes et des dessins, Strasbourg)

Before they were given to the Master, many of his drawings had been attributed by art historians to the likes of Dürer, Martin Schongauer or even the artist known as Matthias Grünewald, with whom he was at one point, wrongly, identified.[6]

The Master of the Drapery Studies was first called the Master of the Coburg Roundels, after two circular drawings from about 1485 kept in the print room of the Coburg Castle in Bavaria.[7] Those works are stylistically related to many drawings and sketches representing "folds of clothing such as sleeves, loincloths, or even whole garments", from which the Master quickly drew his second notname.[4] The name "Master of the Coburg Roundels" was first given by Ernst Buchner (1892–1962) in 1927, the name "Master of the Drapery Studies" was first given by Friedrich Winkler (1888–1965) in 1930.[8]

By general consensus (including the proponents of the theory of the "circle of artists"), the Master of the Drapery Studies/of the Coburg Roundels was active in Strasbourg, Alsace, in the years 1475–1500,[9] or 1470–1497,[8] or 1470–1500.[10] According to scholars such as the German Wilfried Franzen, the Master may be identical with Heinrich Lützelmann, the author of the ten panels of The Passion of Christ, a commission of the St. Magdalene Church in Strasbourg. Lützelmann may have been a student/disciple of Hans Hirtz, an influential painter recorded in Strasbourg from 1421 to 1463 and generally thought to be identical with the "Master of the Karlsruhe Passion". According to Franzen, the Master of the Drapery Studies is also the author of a second Passion cycle (eight panels) now kept in the Landesmuseum in Mainz.[11]

The Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame keeps at least two further paintings attributed to the Master (known in French as Maître des études de draperies or Maître des ronds de Cobourg).[12] The Musée des Beaux-Arts of Dijon owns four panels,[13] the J. Paul Getty Museum owns one,[14] the National Museum in Kraków owns another one,[1][15] as do the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Lyon,[16] and the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe (a triptych).[17]

A large part of the drawings of the Master of the Drapery Studies are related to stained glass windows from the workshop of the Strasbourg-based master Peter Hemmel of Andlau, although it is disputed if they were made as copies after or as preparatory sketches before the fabrication of the windows.[3] Hemmel, incidentally, also designed windows for the same St Magdalene Church (in 1480–1481)[18] for which the Master painted The Passion of Christ (between 1485 and 1490), his largest surviving single work. Several of the drawings of the Master are kept in famous museums such as the Louvre,[19] the British Museum,[20] the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[21] the Albertina,[22] and the Unterlinden Museum.[23]


  1. ^ a b "Verkündigung". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ Butts, Barbara; Hendrix, Lee (2000). Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein. The J. Paul Getty Museum. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-89236-579-1.
  3. ^ a b Turner, Nicholas; Hendrix, Lee; Plazzotta, Carol (1997). European Drawings 3: Catalogue of the Collections. Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum. p. 172. ISBN 0-89236-480-7. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Master of the Coburg Roundels". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  5. ^ Midwest Art History Society (1996). Drawings in Midwestern Collections: Early works. University of Missouri Press. p. 138. ISBN 0-8262-1062-7. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  6. ^ Heuer, Christopher P. "'Dürer's Folds' Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics (2011), page 252". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  7. ^ "History – Department of prints and drawings". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Master of the Drapery Studies (Biographical details)". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  9. ^ Haverkamp-Begemann, Egbert; et al. (1999). Fifteenth- to Eighteenth-century European Drawings in the Robert Lehmann Collection. New York City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 17. ISBN 0-87099-918-4. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Master of the Coburg Roundels". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  11. ^ Franzen, Wilfried (2002). Die Karlsruher Passion und das "Erzählen in Bildern". Lukas Verlag. ISBN 3-931836-66-5.
  12. ^ Dupeux, Cécile (1999). Musée de Œuvre Notre-Dame. Éditions Scala. p. 58. ISBN 2-86656-223-2.
  13. ^ "collections du musée des beaux-arts de Dijon – Maître des Ronds de Cobourg". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Master of the Drapery Studies". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Master of the Drapery Dormition of the Virgin". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Meister der Gewandstudien Gnadenstuhl mit Maria, Johannes dem Apostel und Engeln". Archived from the original on 30 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Meister der Gewandstudien, Elisabeth-Triptychon; Straßburg, um 1480". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  18. ^ Stanford, Charlotte A. (2011). Commemorating the Dead in Late Medieval Strasbourg: The Cathedral's Book of Donors and its Use (1320–1521). Ashgate Publishing Limited. p. 242. ISBN 978-1-4094-0136-0.
  19. ^ "Maître des ronds de Cobourg". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Your search for Master of the Drapery studies returned 8 results". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  21. ^ "Master of the Drapery Studies". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Albertina Sammlungen online". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  23. ^ Base Joconde: Double feuille avec des études de draperies, French Ministry of Culture. (in French)

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