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St. Matthew, from The Luther Bible

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1523

Artist:

Georg Lemberger (German, 1495-1540)
published by Melchior Lotter II (German, d. 1542)

About this artwork

Lemberger studied with Albrecht Altdorfer, a prominent member of the Danube School; this proof impression of a book illustration from the first part of Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament adheres to the school’s style of wild and twisted trees, dramatic effects of sunlight, and visionary clouds. The saint’s bright halo hovers above his head as he studiously inscribes his gospel in a large tome while an attendant angel emerges from the cloudburst. And yet the natural details beloved by the Danube School—such as a canopy of weeping willow fronds and the distant landscape—are as equally inspiring.

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Artist

Georg Lemberger

Title

St. Matthew, from The Luther Bible

Origin

Germany

Date

1501–1600

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

145 × 95 mm (primary support); 230 × 180 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Stanley Field Fund

Reference Number

1969.30

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