Squirrel and Acorn ~ 1512
This stamp is attributed
to Dürer but it is, in fact, by Hans Hoffman
Madonna of the Pear ~ 1512
Jesus holds a slice of
pear which his mother has cut for him. He has taken a bite from the
pear. The pear appears in Italian paintings of the Mother and Child
used by Bernardo di Chiarvalle of the Cantico dei Cantici to convey
the gift of sweetness of mouth and heart, which is one of the gifts of
the wise according to St. Bonaventure. The painting is in the
Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
Lute-playing Angel ~ 1506
The panel was painted as
an altar-piece for the church of St. Bartolomeo near the Fondaco dei
Dedeschi. The image on the stamp is a small detail from the
altar-piece called The Madonna of the Rose Garlands, or The
Brotherhood of the Rosary.
The lute is a Venetian shaped instrument. The position
of the right hand with the two middle fingers close together and the
outer fingers spread apart is symbolic of reverent prayer.