Stained Glass Design with Two Coats of Arms

When a local governor commissioned a stained-glass window for his church, he chose Hans Jacob Plepp to create a design for it. Plepp drew this drawing to communicate his ideas to the glass painter, who would produce the final version. As so many areas have been left empty, this drawing seems to be a . The words Fides (faith) and Spes (hope), inscribed in black spaces in the lower left and right corners, suggest that Plepp intended to place of these virtues in these areas. On the more finished left side of the drawing, the horse and scrolling leafy branches burst with vitality, though seen in sculptural rather than fleshy terms. The supple line work and the bold application of indicating shadows carry through the impression of stone rather than living tissue. On the right, in contrast, Plepp merely outlined the symmetrical elements and summarily filled them in. The small notations in the suggest colors for the glass artist.

Pen and black and brown ink and gray wash over black chalk (about 1590-1595)

by Hans Jacob Plepp (Swiss, about 1557-about 1597)

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