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Saint Matthias, from The Martyrdom of the Apostles

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:

c. 1512

Artist:

Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

About this artwork

Lucas Cranach designed his Martyrdom of the Twelve Apostles series in 1512. This clear and crisp impression of the impending decapitation of Saint Matthias derives from that early printing. The block was reprinted around 1548, with letterpress text on the back, to illustrate Martin Luther’s German translation of the Apostle’s Creed. Despite the series’ violent subject matter, the Protestant publisher of the c. 1548 edition dedicated the book to his daughters and referred to the images as “fine and pleasing.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

Saint Matthias, from The Martyrdom of the Apostles

Origin

Germany

Date

1507–1517

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

162 × 126 mm (image/block/sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1942.656

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