The Scourging of Christ (verso), and The Israelites Enslaved in Egypt (recto), from Schatzbehalter (Treasury), Plate 21 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

A work made of woodcut in black with hand-colored additions and letterpress in black with rubrication (recto and verso) on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black with hand-colored additions and letterpress in black with rubrication (recto and verso) on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1491, portfolio assembled 1929

Artist:

Michel Wolgemut (German, 1434/37–1519)
printed and published by Anton Koberger (German, c. 1440/45–1513)
original text by Stephan Fridolin (German, c. 1430–1498)
portfolio text by Wilhelm Ludwig Schreiber (German, 1855–1932)

About this artwork

Michael Wolgemut directed a busy workshop in Nuremberg that turned out numerous paintings, copious book illustrations, and master painters. The Treasury (Schatzbehalter) included almost a hundred full-page woodcuts with minimal repetition. The blocks were likely cut in-house under Wolgemut’s supervision. The text and images juxtaposed devotional scenarios, sometimes in curious order. This image contrasts the seventh plague of Egypt (hailstones intermixed with fire) with the flagellation of Christ. Both sides are thickly, garishly painted, especially in the orange-red areas denoting shooting flames and gushing blood.

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Artist

Michel Wolgemut

Title

The Scourging of Christ (verso), and The Israelites Enslaved in Egypt (recto), from Schatzbehalter (Treasury), Plate 21 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

Origin

Germany

Date

1491

Medium

Woodcut in black with hand-colored additions and letterpress in black with rubrication (recto and verso) on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Stamp verso upper left, in black: "Veräussert" (in rectangle); stamp recto upper left, in black: "Bayerisches National Museum" (in oval with crest), upper right, in purple: (illegible, in circle)

Dimensions

250 x 175 mm (image/block, verso); 252 x 176 mm (image/block, recto); 272 x 182 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund

Reference Number

1938.86.21

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