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Epitaph for Michael Rötinger

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Bb,5.375

  • Title (object)

    • Epitaph for Michael Rötinger
  • Description

    With half-length portrait, turned to right; standing behind a balustrade, holding a book. 1588 Woodcut and letterpress

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1588
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 275 millimetres (Sheet size)
    • Width: 141 millimetres
    • Height: 172 millimetres (Borderline)
    • Width: 141 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Letterpress title: 'VIVA IMAGO VIRI POTIMI AC DOCTISSIMI MICHAELIS ROTINGI...' 8 lines of Latin verse below: 'Hic CHRISTum, linguasq. ... Michaelis agat.' Manuscript inscription in brown ink at lower right: 'Joachimus Heller Mattem: F.N.'
  • Curator's comments

    See also 1880,0710.631 for another impression with a different text, published in 1589 and not listed in Hollstein

  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein 31.I bibliographic details
    • Roettinger 94.32 bibliographic details
    • Dodgson Undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    German XVIc Mounted Roy

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Bb,5.375

With HL portrait, turned to r; standing behind a balustrade, holding a book.  1588
Woodcut and letterpress

With HL portrait, turned to r; standing behind a balustrade, holding a book. 1588 Woodcut and letterpress

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