Decorative incunable double-leaf in folio showing Venice (Venezia) by Hartmann Schedel. From the Latin edition of the famous Liber chronicarum or Nuremberg Chronicle published in 1493, the year that Columbus returned to Europe after discovering America. Leaf number XLIIII. On verso the half-page view of Padua.
The view is based on the large woodcut plan of E. Reuwich in Peregrinatio by Bernhard von Breydenbach, Mainz 1486. This offered Schedel view is one of the oldest authentic plans of Venice and realistically the only large format 15th Century view obtainable to collectors.
The woodblock cutters were Michael Wolgemut, the well-known teacher of Albrecht Dürer, and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff. Wohlgemut was Albrecht Dürer's tutor between 1486-90. Since the young Dürer was active in Wohlgemut's printer shop during the time the woodblock for the Nuremberg Chronicle have produced, he may also have collaborated, since some of the cuts bear a remarkably close resemblance to his Apocalypse illustrations.
|Publisher, Year||Anton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1493|
|Plate Size||19.0 x 52.7 cm (7.5 x 20.7 inches)|
|Sheet Size||41.0 x 59.3 cm (16.1 x 23.3 inches)|
|Reference||Kreuer, W., Imago Civitatis, pp. 176-180|
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