The Lamb Receiving the Sealed Book, folio C from The Apocalypse

A work made of blockbook woodcut hand-colored with brush, stencil and watercolor with additions in pen and brown ink on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of blockbook woodcut hand-colored with brush, stencil and watercolor with additions in pen and brown ink on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1460/70

Artist:

Artist unknown
German, 15th century

About this artwork

The Apocalyptic Lamb of God in the lower roundel enraged an early viewer. Perhaps inspired by the crown of seven stubby horns and the seven eyes on the Lamb’s head, this unknown individual added a cluster of four semicircles just beneath its tail. The result seems blasphemous and rather juvenile, as the shapes resemble a series of turds spewing downward. Excrement became a common theme in Germany during the Reformation due to Martin Luther’s colorful rhetoric, and frequently appeared in satirical anti-Catholic woodcuts. As the pen and ink used here suggest an early annotation, perhaps it was made during this transitional period.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

The Lamb Receiving the Sealed Book, folio C from The Apocalypse

Origin

Germany

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Blockbook woodcut hand-colored with brush, stencil and watercolor with additions in pen and brown ink on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

255 x 195 mm (image/block); 274 x 208 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

Reference Number

1939.2106

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