An important engraving workshop contributed to the celebration with three images on the theme of Madonna and Child, in 21 x 12 cm, 13 x 9 cm and 10 x 6.5 cm formats, certainly offered in a wide range of price to satisfy the rich and the poor. The availability of hand colored versions would not seem impossible at that time.
The largest of these images is composed in three registers. It is dated and bears an inscription commemorating the angelic consecration of Einsiedeln. The use of a burin on a copper plate is a recent innovation that facilitates the effects of volumes and textures through oblique hatching or dotted lines.
The three images are part of the corpus attributed to the workshop of Master E. S., so designated with reference to the initials identified on other prints. His activity is not documented. He was one of the first publishers of images to date some plates, from 1461 to 1467, thus preceding by several years the engravings by Mantegna and Schongauer.
On January 29 in New York, Christie's sells a copy in very good condition of the large version of the Madonna of Einsiedeln, not colored, lot 3 estimated $ 300K. From the thirteen known impressions, it is the last in private hands.
SOLD for $ 370K including premium