Registrum huius Operis libri cronicarum cum figuris et ymagibus ab inicio mundi

Author: Hartmann Schedel (German, Nuremberg 1440–1514 Nuremberg)

Artist: Michael Wolgemut (German, Nuremberg 1434–1519 Nuremberg)

Artist: Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (German, Nuremberg ca. 1460–1494 Nuremberg)

Publisher: Anton Koberger (German, Nuremberg ca. 1445–1513 Nuremberg)

Published in: Nuremberg

Date: July 12, 1493

Medium: Woodcut

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Books

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906, transferred from the Library

Accession Number: 21.36.145

Description

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.

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