[Armageddon, Apocalypse] Septima etas mundi

Hartmann Schedel (*1440 - 1514)
Armageddon, Apocalypse from Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel printed 1493 in Nuremberg.

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The Apocalypse or Armageddon is one of the most sought-after woodcuts of the Book of Chronicles or Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel, also called Schedel's World History or Nuremberg Chronicle.

The famous woodcut shows monstrosities in the sky, engaged in enraged combat. Armageddon, the apocalyptic battle at the end of times between good and evil. God defeats the Antichrist and Archangel Michael is in battle with the dragon. Leaf number CCLXII.

Michael Wolgemut and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff were woodblock cutters of the illustrations of Schedel's World Chronicle. Albrecht Dürer was an apprentice in Wohlgemut's workshop between 1486 and 1490, so the young Dürer was most likely involved in the woodcutting work, since some of his illustrations for his Apocalypse show a remarkable similarity.


CartographerHartmann Schedel
Title[Armageddon, Apocalypse] Septima etas mundi
Publisher, YearAnton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1493
Plate Size36.0 x 22.5 cm (14.2 x 8.9 inches)
Sheet Size41.0 x 29.0 cm (16.1 x 11.4 inches)


Upper right corner in white margin restored, two wormholes in margin closed. 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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