Book-Plate of Scheurl and Tucher

A work made of woodcut in black hand colored with brush and watercolor on cream laid paper, laid down on tan laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black hand colored with brush and watercolor on cream laid paper, laid down on tan laid paper.

Date:

c. 1510

Artist:

Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

About this artwork

Christoph Scheurl, a University of Wittenberg professor, owned two bookplates with his parents’ arms and the same motto, including this one on which Lucas Cranach’s shield-bearer is fashionably clothed and colored. The earliest book to contain this ex libris is a classical text printed by Wolfgang Stöckel in 1511, suggesting the woodcut dates to around 1510, before Scheurl moved back to Nuremberg. The Chicago impression is tattered around the edges, has sustained fading and loss of printed pigment throughout, and exhibits several areas of worm activity. These early wear patterns suggest it was on an interior book board, confirming its likely use as a bookplate.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

Book-Plate of Scheurl and Tucher

Origin

Germany

Date

1492–1553

Medium

Woodcut in black hand colored with brush and watercolor on cream laid paper, laid down on tan laid paper

Dimensions

165 x 127 mm (image); 188 x 139 mm (sheet); 194 x 146 mm (mounting sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph Adams

Reference Number

1938.859

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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