The Last Judgement, 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 well-known woodcut shows Christ as the judge of the world over the deceased and as the saviour of their souls. Throned on a rainbow, the globe at his feet with lily and sword at his ears. Mary and John the Baptist pray at his side for the deceased, below two angels. The deceased rise from their graves, most of them join the train of the blessed to paradise, Peter stands at the gate with the key. The damned are pulled into hell by devils.
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.
|Ultima etas mundi [The Last Judgement]
|Anton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1493
|36.0 x 22.5 cm (14.2 x 8.9 inches)
|41.0 x 29.3 cm (16.1 x 11.5 inches)
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