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Journey to the Holy Land

A work made of book with letterpress and woodcuts in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of book with letterpress and woodcuts in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1486

Artist:

Erhard Reuwich (Netherlandish, c. 1455–c. 1490)
text by Bernhard von Breydenbach (German, c. 1440–c. 1497)
published by Peter Schöffer (German, c. 1425–1503)

About this artwork

The first illustrated travel book about the journey to the Holy Land, this volume offered a pilgrimage to distant sacred sites from the comfort of one’s own home. A bestseller, it was translated into German, French, Dutch, and Spanish before 1500. To create the illustrations the artist traveled with the canon of the Utrecht cathedral from 1483 to 1484, depicting the Mediterranean cities from Venice to the Holy Land with relative accuracy compared to other works of the era. The two longest foldouts in the book showed Venice and the culminating destination of Jerusalem, a city central to all three major Abrahamic religions. The original woodblocks made their own pilgrimages around Europe for reprinting in several subsequent editions.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Erhard Reuwich

Title

Journey to the Holy Land

Origin

Netherlandish

Date

Published 1486

Medium

Book with letterpress and woodcuts in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

320 × 230 × 35 mm (closed)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1947.474

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