Inscribed, in print, in banner along upper third of impage in black ink: Ipse dixit et facta sunt: ipse mandavit et creata sunt: Psalmus 32 (God said Let there Be and all things were made); On reverse: gold embossed initialed letter and printed text.
This print was made to be the cover of Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, an early form of encyclopedia. Like a king, God is seen here sitting on a throne while wearing a crown and holding an orb. Shown here, God is not simply the king of men, but more specifically the king of the Germans. In the bottom corners of the print, two “wild men,”—the traditional mythological imagery of early German people—are shown. These figures and the banner, which reads, “God said Let there Be Light and all things were made,” suggests God’s direct creation of German “wild men.” This image places Germany at the creation of the world and at the crux of humanity.
Written by Lucy McLaughlin, ‘26
From the 2023 exhibition Faith and Empire: The Legacy of Conversion and Commerce in the Early Modern World, curated by students of ARTH 20.04, "Faith and Empire: Art in the Early Modern World" taught by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming
ARTH 2, Introduction to the History of Art II, Joy Kenseth, Marlene Heck, Winter 2012
ARTH 43, Northern Renaissance Art, Jane Carroll, Winter 2012
ARTH 2, Introduction to the History of Art II, Joy Kenseth, Mary Coffey, Winter 2014
GERM 10.06, A Visual History of Germany, Heidi Denzel, Winter 2022
Art History 20.04, Faith and Empire, Beth Mattison, Spring 2023
European Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 30, 2008-March 8, 2009.
Faith and Empire: The Legacy of Conversion and Commerce in the Early Modern World, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 12-December 23, 2023.
T. Barton Thurber, European Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2008, p.120, ill., no. 63.
Hill-Stone, Inc., New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2006.
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