About this artwork
This sheet, detached from the 1495 edition of Life of Christ by the 14th-century German theologian Ludolph of Saxony, uses both words and image to describe a supernatural event in which Christ expels a demon from a man.
The ability to print images alongside text opened new possibilities that sparked the interests of artists and entrepreneurs alike. To accomplish this, an image is carved into a block of wood that is the same height as the letterpress type, enabling both to be inked and printed simultaneously. The hand-applied red ink on the capital letters recalls more costly illuminated manuscripts.
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- Prints and Drawings
- Unknown artist
- Christ, after His Transfiguration, Exorcises the Devil from the Lunatic, from Leven Christi (Life of Christ), Plate 44 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century
- Woodcut in black, and letterpress in black with rubrication (recto and verso), on cream laid paper
- 96 x 130 mm (image); 241 x 188 mm (sheet)
- Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund