About this artwork
Blockbooks were hand-printed from wooden blocks with hand-carved text. This woodcut is the lower half of a page representing visions from the Book of Revelations. The upper half showed a grain harvest; this half demonstrates the production of wine. Both were highly symbolic substances for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This stencil-colored sheet is almost identical to other surviving impressions. Although part of a book, only one side was printed, due to high embossing created by the process. In this impression, an owner has used the verso as scrap paper, taking copious notes on Latin vocabulary starting with the letter c.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- The Vintage of the Grapes of the Vine, from the Blockbook Apocalypse
- Hand-colored woodcut on cream laid paper
- 129 × 198 mm (image)
- Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.