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Title

The martyrdom of a bishop by burning

1471-1472


Artist

Unknown


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Two men burning the bishop


Date

1471-1472


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut, hand coloured


Dimensions

6.9 x 80.0 cm image; 7.2 x 8.1 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1971


Location

Not on display


Accession number

81.1971


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

139


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history