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Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and Saint John (recto); Saint Sebald with the Donors Paul Volkmayr and Sebald Schreyer (verso)

A work made of woodcut illuminated on vellum, with miniature on verso.
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  • A work made of woodcut illuminated on vellum, with miniature on verso.

Date:

c. 1485–90

Artist:

Unknown Artist
German, 15th century

About this artwork

This Crucifixion woodcut was printed on precious vellum, and illuminated with textured gold leaf and opaque pigment to resemble an illuminated manuscript page. It boasts not one, but two donor portraits and the date, 1490, on its verso. Paul Volkmayr and Sebald Schreyer, whose presence also decorated another woodcut in 1501, may have commissioned them all as frontispieces or bookplates for ecclesiastical volumes they gave to the Church of Saint Sebald in Nuremberg. Two more impressions of this sheet survive (Bamberg, Germany; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), both including a variation on this opulent dedication miniature.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and Saint John (recto); Saint Sebald with the Donors Paul Volkmayr and Sebald Schreyer (verso)

Origin

Germany

Date

1480–1495

Medium

Woodcut illuminated on vellum, with miniature on verso

Dimensions

304 × 189 mm

Credit Line

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

Reference Number

1934.447

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