Michael Wolgemut (German, Nuremberg 1434–1519 Nuremberg)
Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (German, Nuremberg ca. 1460–1494 Nuremberg)
Anton Koberger (German, Nuremberg ca. 1445–1513 Nuremberg)
July 12, 1493
Closed: 18 11/16 × 14 × 3 7/16 in. (47.5 × 35.5 × 8.7 cm)
Open on cradle: 6 3/4 × 26 1/4 × 18 15/16 in. (17.1 × 66.7 × 48.1 cm)
Sheet (Page size): 18 1/8 × 12 3/8 in. (46 × 31.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906, transferred from the Library
Not on view
The Liber Chronicarum, more commonly known as the Nuremberg Chronicle, was the most profusely illustrated book of the 15th century. Two Nuremberg artists, Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, collaborated on the publication with author Hartmann Schedel. The most influential images in the book were the 53 views of cities and countries in Europe and around the Mediterranean. Drawings of the actual sites were used whenever possible, but in many instances the artists invented views that were reused to represent various different cities. The author undoubtedly knew the French city of Strasbourg (Argentina, in Latin). The splendid depiction here barely fits on the double-page spread; the block of text above has had to make way for the cathedral's protruding steeple.
Inscription: F. Stiglmerez Strausburg 1850, writted on 1st blank page at back
F. Stiglmeier (Straubing, Germany); Franciscan Monastery of St. Anna, Munich; Dominican Convent, Augsburg
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor," January 26, 2016–May 22, 2016.
Fairfax Murray 394; BMC II p. 437; Dodgson I pp. 246/248; Hain 14508; Schreiber V 5203; Hollst. XXXII, 221f; Proctor 2084; Davies 394; Luther 424