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- Object: Dye zaigung des hochlobwirdigen hailigthums der Stifftkirchen aller hailigen zu Wittenburg (The display of the highly praised reliquaries of the church of All Saints at Wittenberg)
A set of 119 woodcuts by Lucas Cranach the Elder, showing reliquaries and treasures in the church of All Saints in Wittenberg, second edition (first edition 1509), the title page with an engraving showing a double-portrait of Elector Friedrich the Wise and his brother, Duke John the Constant of Saxony (recto) and a woodcut image of All Saints Church (verso) and on the last page a woodcut of the electoral coat-of-arms, with letterpress throughout; printed by Symphorian Reinhart, Wittenberg. 1510
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Height: 201 millimetres (page)
Width: 141 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The so-called Wittenberger Heiligthumsbuch is a catalogue of Frederick the Wise's relic collection, it was printed by Reinhart possibly in collaboration with the workshop of Johann Rhau-Grunenberg. Two editions are known (a third one was probably planned, but never completed); the first edition was published in 1509 with 108 woodcuts.
There are various single woodcuts from the Heiligthumsbuch in the BM collection. For another impression of the engraved double-portrait, see BM 1850-8-10-525.
For another copy of the Heiligthumsbuch, see BM 1949-4-11-4991 (location 159.c.54 (1))
For later use of two blocks with the apostles Paul and Peter (from 'Der sechste Gang', XIII and XVI) as bookplates used in Orngau, see I. O'Dell, 'Deutsche und Oesterreiche Exlibris 1500-1599, London, 2003, no.279a, 279b.
A 1618 edition reusing some of Cranach's blocks is kept at 159.d.26 (1972,U.486).
A related text, "Levita Catholicvs Contra Exodum Pseud-euangelicam", 1589, (see chapters 31 and 32) is kept at 159.d.28 (Paisey 2002, 294).
Additional lit:. J. Strehle and A. Kunz, Druckgraphiken Lukas Cranachs d.Ä. Im Dienst von Macht und Glauben, exh. cat. Lutterhalle Wittenberg, 1998, no. 60 and pp. 77-8; 'Treasures of Heaven. Saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe.' Edited by Martina Bagnoli, Holger A. Klein, C. Griffith Mann and J. Robinson, pp. 63, Fig.27.
- Not on display
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2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, Treasures of Heaven
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