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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1910,0611.13

  • Description

    Portrait of Philip Melanchthon; bust, three-quarter face to right, in a coat lined with fur Woodcut and letterpress

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1530-1560 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 255 millimetres (borderlines)
    • Width: 210 millimetres
    • Height: 343 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 210 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed with the winged serpent. Titled above the upper borderline: Warhafftige Abconterfeiung des Herrn Philippi Melanthonis. Underneath the lower borderline fourty-eight German verses in three columns.
  • Curator's comments

    Cf. Dodgson 31 and 31a.

  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein 49.c bibliographic details
    • Dodgson II.449.31.b bibliographic details
  • Location

    German XVIc Mounted Roy

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition date

    1910

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1910,0611.13

Portrait of Philip Melanchthon; bust, three-quarter face to r, in a coat lined with fur
Woodcut and letterpress

Portrait of Philip Melanchthon; bust, three-quarter face to r, in a coat lined with fur Woodcut and letterpress

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