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    Artwork Discovered in Vienna Cathedral’s Gift Shop May Be the Work of German Renaissance Master Albrecht Dürer

    recent restoration work at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a historic Vienna landmark with roots stretching back to the 12th century, experts made a remarkable discovery in a section of the church that now functions as a gift shop. Per a statement from Austria’s Federal Monuments Office, a previously unknown artwork that scholars think was rendered by the studio of German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer–and perhaps even by the artist himself–has emerged from beneath layers of dirt.
    The wall painting takes the form of a two-dimensional triptych with Saint Leopold, patron of Austria, in the center, flanked by Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret. Below them, reports Martin Bailey of the Art Newspaper, is “a predella-type image” resembling the base of an altarpiece.
    Experts are particularly interested in the underdrawings of Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret, which were etched onto fresh plaster in approximately 1505. These drawings are “undoubtedly by an artist from the circle of Dürer,” according to a cathedral statement quoted by Bailey. But Dürer specialist Erwin Pokorny goes one step further, telling Bailey he is “certain” the drawings were done by the master himself because “none of Dürer’s assistants or followers were able to reach the quality of the underdrawing’s virtuoso brushstrokes.”

    from and more story at; https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-discovered-vienna-cathedral-may-be-work-albrecht-durer-german-renaissance-master-180973950/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_ campaign=20200113-daily-responsive&spMailingID=41533849&spUserID=NzQwNDUzM jc5OTES1&spJobID=1681232186&spReportId=MTY4MTIzMjE 4NgS2




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