Saint Otilia from Plenarium, Plate 27 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

A work made of woodcut in black with pen and gray ink additions, and letterpress in black with rubrication (recto and verso), on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black with pen and gray ink additions, and letterpress in black with rubrication (recto and verso), on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1483, portfolio assembled 1929

Artist:

Unknown Artist (Strassburg, late 15th century)
printed and published by Martin Schott (German, active 1481–1499)
portfolio text by Wilhelm Ludwig Schreiber (German, 1855–1932)

About this artwork

When is a book illustration not a book illustration? These leaves (1938.86.27 and 1938.88.52) were removed from their original texts in the early twentieth century and grouped into portfolios celebrating fifteenth and sixteenth-century book illustrations. Yet the Saint Otilia bears an early owner’s mark from her previous life, and this viewer or another early user has augmented the saint’s halo; the border of the altar showing Christ’s Resurrection; and the muscles on the soul escaping the mouth of hell in Otilia’s vision. In contrast, Jost Amman’s book boasted many woodcuts with spaces intentionally left blank for viewers to complete with their personal coats of arms, an option not realized on this particular sheet.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Unknown artist

Title

Saint Otilia from Plenarium, Plate 27 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

Origin

Germany

Date

1480–1483

Medium

Woodcut in black with pen and gray ink additions, and letterpress in black with rubrication (recto and verso), on cream laid paper

Dimensions

67 x 76 mm (image); 283 x 210 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund

Reference Number

1938.86.27

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