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An image of The martyrdom of a bishop by burning by Unknown


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The martyrdom of a bishop by burning
Other titles:
Two men burning the bishop
Media category
Materials used
woodcut, hand coloured

6.9 x 80.0 cm image; 7.2 x 8.1 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1971
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

From 'The Golden Legend', published by Günther Zainer, Augsburg 1471-72

The Bavarian town of Augsburg was one of the most important centres of woodcut production in the late 1400s, due in large measure to the publishing house set up there by Günther Zainer. Between 1471 and 1472 he issued the first printed book to be extensively illustrated - a German translation of Jacobus de Voragine's 'The Golden Legend' -- a compilation of the lives of the saints. It was quite usual for early woodcuts to be 'enhanced' with hand-colouring, although the colour on this impression could have been added as late as the 17th century.

Exhibition history (2)

German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006