The Apostles' Creed (Das Symbolum der Heiligen Aposteln)

A work made of book with fifteen woodcuts with letterpress in black on cream laid paper, in eighteenth-century full brown sheepskin, sewn on raised bands, with gold tooled decoration on inner-edges of boards, blind lines and gold titling on the spine, hand-sewn silk headbands, marbled endsheets, and a purple silk page marker.
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  • A work made of book with fifteen woodcuts with letterpress in black on cream laid paper, in eighteenth-century full brown sheepskin, sewn on raised bands, with gold tooled decoration on inner-edges of boards, blind lines and gold titling on the spine, hand-sewn silk headbands, marbled endsheets, and a purple silk page marker.

Date:

1548

Artist:

Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

About this artwork

Lucas Cranach’s Saint Simon—naked, trussed upside-down, and partially sawed in half—depicts the apostle en route to his full dismemberment (which made possible his eventual distribution in relic form). Evidently well-received in the single-sheet 1512 Catholic series (the Saint Matthew from that group is displayed nearby), here the woodblocks were reprinted to illustrate Martin Luther’s German translation of the Apostles’ Creed. Despite the illustrations’ gratuitously violent detail, the Protestant publisher’s dedication to his daughters referred to them as “fine and pleasing images.”

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Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

The Apostles' Creed (Das Symbolum der Heiligen Aposteln)

Origin

Germany

Date

1548

Medium

Book with fifteen woodcuts with letterpress in black on cream laid paper, in eighteenth-century full brown sheepskin, sewn on raised bands, with gold tooled decoration on inner-edges of boards, blind lines and gold titling on the spine, hand-sewn silk headbands, marbled endsheets, and a purple silk page marker

Dimensions

204 x 154 x 8 mm (book); 199 x 145 mm (folio)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg in memory of Bessie Kisloff Braude, Esq.

Reference Number

2014.18

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