Noli me Tangere

A work made of metalcut in black hand colored with brush and watercolor in yellow, red-brown lake, and green, on ivory laid paper, with manuscript text in pen and brown ink on verso.
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  • A work made of metalcut in black hand colored with brush and watercolor in yellow, red-brown lake, and green, on ivory laid paper, with manuscript text in pen and brown ink on verso.

Date:

1460–65

Artist:

Artist unknown
Bavarian, 15th century

About this artwork

Communion bread came in different shapes in Renaissance Europe, and this variety is particularly clear from depictions of the Last Supper, when Christ symbolically offers his body to his disciples. In this metalcut series on the life of Christ, the shape of the bread—the traditional Bretzel, or pretzel—betrays that the prints were made in Bavaria. While the handwritten text on the verso of the adjoining sheet in the booklet (once comprising nineteen metalcuts) does not mention the pretzel, it is handcolored in a warm, doughy yellow. A similar glow suffuses the head-on Sudarium at center, an unusually abstract inclusion for an image of the Passion.

The fifteen metalcuts, or "dotted prints," that form this Passion suite constitute one of the most complete block books in existence. It is possible that the series at one time included as many as nineteen images, each exquisitely hand-colored with the biblical text inscribed on the reverse. The stars, shells, and other repeating patterns were produced by hammering metal punches, such as those used by goldsmiths and armorers, into the soft metal plates.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

Noli me Tangere

Origin

Germany

Date

1460–1465

Medium

Metalcut in black hand colored with brush and watercolor in yellow, red-brown lake, and green, on ivory laid paper, with manuscript text in pen and brown ink on verso

Dimensions

100 × 75 mm (plate); 105 × 80 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1983.13.14

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