The artist’s name is derived from the inscribed monograph found on one of the fifty-five engravings attributed to this artist. Little is known of him, other than that he was a follower of the great early German engraver, Martin Schongauer (about 1450-1491).
This is an extremely rare print; only nine known impressions exist. An impression is a single printing from a plate. All of the prints by the Master i e are engravings. In this process the grooves that will hold the ink are cut into the copper or zinc plate with a sharp-pointed instrument called a burin. The strength of the line may be increased by cutting deeper into the plate. The elegant, controlled lines of this strong impression give the image its powerful simplicity.