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Turning the Pages: Devotional Scrapbook, 1798

Turning the Pages: Devotional Scrapbook, 1798

Placidus Sprenger, a Benedictine monk, print historian, and librarian in eighteenth-century Bavaria, collected devotional prints when these pilgrimage souvenirs had become less spiritually central to worship. His handwritten foreword to this collection of nearly one thousand such images makes it clear that he has “affixed and ordered” these prints not because of their artistic merit, but rather to make them available to future scholars. Sprenger’s section on the life of Christ includes paintings and prints of the Holy Wounds and the Nail on fabric and tiny edible prints near a silhouetted Crucifixion that was touched to a group of important Augsburg relics.



printmaking, religion
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