Johannes Gerson as a Pilgrim, frontispiece from Opera Johannes Gerson

A work made of hand-colored woodcut in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of hand-colored woodcut in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1488

Artist:

Unknown artist (German)
printed by Johann Prüss the Elder (German, 1447-1510)

About this artwork

Woodblocks were exceptionally durable printing matrices; several thousand impressions could be pulled from them. Like the Erhard Reeuwich panorama of Jerusalem on view nearby (1947.474), this book illustration was frequently reissued and copied. It depicts the late medieval French theologian Jean de (Johannes) Gerson (1363–1429) on an imagined pilgrimage with a dog and a walking staff. Gerson did write about the role of the pilgrim in his Works, a volume of which included this author portrait. Yet this luxuriously colored impression included more than golden highlights, adding an entirely new landscape background; in most impressions, everything beyond the castle on the hill is blank.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Johann Prüss

Title

Johannes Gerson as a Pilgrim, frontispiece from Opera Johannes Gerson

Origin

Germany

Date

1488

Medium

Hand-colored woodcut in black on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso center, in black pen and ink: “Terita pars oper (um) Johannis de Gerson doctoris Christianissimi”

Dimensions

222 x 148 mm (image/block); 306 x 214 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Reference Number

1946.322

Extended information about this artwork

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