Emblem with Blank Heraldic Shield, folio 156 from the Anthologia Gnomonica

A work made of woodcut and letterpress in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut and letterpress in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1579, assembled into portfolio 1937

Artist:

Jost Amman (Swiss, 1539-1591)
printed by Sigmund Feyerabend (German, 1527-1590)
original text by Henri Estienne (French, 1528/31-1598)
portfolio text by Max Geisberg (Swiss, 1875-1943)

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

Jost Amman

Title

Emblem with Blank Heraldic Shield, folio 156 from the Anthologia Gnomonica

Origin

Switzerland

Date

1579

Medium

Woodcut and letterpress in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

78 x 110 mm (image); 80 x 130 mm (image/text); 100 x 155 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund

Reference Number

1938.88.52

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