Woodcut of an old master drawing. Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve. Printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493.

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Early woodcut of Adam and Eve eating from the Tree of Knowledge and driven out of the Garden of Eden by the Angel of the Lord. From Hartmann Schedel's famous Liber Chronicarum also known as the Nuremberg Chronicle, printed in 1493. Leaf number VII.

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 woodblocks 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.


CartographerHartmann Schedel
Title[Adam and Eve]
Publisher, YearAnton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1493
Plate Size25.5 x 22.0 cm (10.0 x 8.7 inches)
Sheet Size40.5 x 28.0 cm (15.9 x 11.0 inches)


Very good condition.


Hartmann Schedel was born 1440 in Nuremberg. He studied in Leipzig and Padua several disciplines also Physics, Medicine and Laws. Neither his social position nor his business made him famous, but his major work the so called Schedel's World Chronicle. The incunable was issued 1493 in Latin, followed by the German edition in the same year. It contains more than 1800 woodcuts out of Michael Wolgemut woodcut shop. Albrecht Dürer completed an apprenticeship with Wolgemut around 1490, so even Dürer may has worked on these woodcuts. Many of the illustrations showing cities the first time ever. In 1497 the Small Schedel was printed by Johann Schönsperger in Augsburg, a reduced version of the Nuremberg print also smaller in size. Schedel died 1514 in Nuremberg.

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Hartmann Schedel: [Adam and Eve].
Woodcut of an old master drawing. Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve. Printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493.

Old Masters - Schedel, Hartmann - [Adam and Eve]

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