Saint Paul, from The Martyrdom of the Apostles

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1512

Artist:

Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

About this artwork

Lucas Cranach’s depiction of the martyrdom of Saint Matthew gruesomely displays his decapitated head bouncing away from his body, which is still bleeding. This single-sheet impression dates from the first printing of the series in 1512. These woodblocks were later reused in a 1548 printing of The Apostles Creed, which also included tamer views of saints’ enshrined remains from Cranach’s 1509 Reliquary Book.

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Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

Saint Paul, from The Martyrdom of the Apostles

Origin

Germany

Date

1507–1517

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

163 x 127 mm (image/block/sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1942.665

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