Album with Twelve Engravings of The Passion, a Woodcut of Christ as the Man of Sorrows, and a Metalcut of St. Jerome in Penitence

Artist: Israhel van Meckenem (German, Meckenem ca. 1440/45–1503 Bocholt)

Artist: Anonymous, Netherlandish, 15th century

Artist: Anonymous, German, Cologne, 15th century

Date: late 15th century

Medium: Engravings, two touched with gold; woodcut, hand-colored; metalcut, hand-colored; manuscript in dark brown ink with red, and blue initials and flourishes; bound in blind-stamped leather.

Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/4 x 8 1/16 x 1/2 in. (26 x 20.4 x 1.3 cm)

Classification: Albums

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest and 2002 Benefit Fund; and The Chester Dale Collection, Bequest of Chester Dale, Gifts of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Henry Walters and Anonymous, and other gifts, bequests, and funds, by exchange, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.476


This fascinating album provides vivid testimony to the way in which prints were used in the fifteenth century. Twelve outstanding early impressions of Israhel van Meckenem’s engravings of the Passion are interleaved with manuscript text of the Hundred Meditations on the Passion of Christ. The album also includes two rare devotional prints, both hand-colored, as well as liturgical calendars and several devotional texts in Dutch. The entirety was bound into a now well-worn fifteenth-century Netherlandish leather flap binding decorated with geometrical patterns and a stamp with animals and text.