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Title

The martyrdom of a bishop by burning

1471-1472

Artist

Unknown

England

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

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    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

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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