David JORIS (1501 - 1556)

The Raising of Lazarus Sold

Pen and brown and grey ink, with grey and red wash and touches of white heightening.
Inscribed holbenis at the lower centre.
Signed or inscribed davit iores gelaessrijuer on the verso.
219 mm. (8 5/8 in.) diameter.

ACQUIRED BY YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT.

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This drawing, which is a design for a stained glass roundel, is inscribed on the verso ‘davit iores gelaessrijuer’ (‘David Joris glasschrijver’, ie. a designer of glass windows) in a 16th century hand. An attribution to the artist must remain tentative, however, as firmly attributed drawings by Joris are very rare, and only a handful of examples are known. Houbraken mentions two drawings by Joris, then in Dordrecht collections, which are known today; a Christ and the Centurion in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin and a study of Christ Giving the Keys to Saint Peter in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Both drawings would appear to be early drawings by the artist, and datable to the 1520’s. A drawing of The Freeing of the Captives in the Kupferstichkabinett in Basel has also traditionally been attributed to Joris.

More recent scholarship has attributed to the artist, albeit tentatively, a group of four drawings of scenes from Genesis, previously given to Swart van Groningen, in the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, as well as six drawings for stained glass roundels in the Historisches Museum in Basel. Houbraken noted of Joris’s drawings that ‘they stand close to Lucas van Leiden and are done with the pen and lightly washed with the brush’, while stylistic similarities may also be noted with the drawings of Jan Swart van Groningen - particularly evident in Joris’s early work - and Dirick Vellert.

David JORIS

The Raising of Lazarus

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