Golden Legend page

Golden Legend page

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Golden Legend page
Dates: 1488
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 oversized folder A)
Coll. Number: ms2966

Biographical/Historical Note

This is a book called Der Heiligen Leben Passional, or The Golden Legend, by Jacobus de Voragine, printed by Koberger in Nuremberg in 1488. It originally was an extensive poem that was made into prose. It concerns the lives of saints and other religious figures. The Golden Legend originally contained more than 200 stories.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a genuine page from a book called Der Heiligen Leben Passional, or The Golden Legend, by Jacobus de Voragine, printed by Koberger in Nuremberg in 1488. These illustrations are as a rule anonymous, the names of the engravers being known only after the year 1500. The blocks of pear wood, on which these designs were cut, were "type high" and set into the same form with the text and both were inked and printed together. The coloring was done by hand, the style being developed on the model of the illuminations used as illustrations to the still earlier manuscripts.


Index Terms

Color woodcuts.
Illumination of books and manuscripts--15th century--Specimens.
Illustration of books--15th century--Specimens.
Jacobus, de Voragine, ca. 1229-1298 -- Legenda aurea
Wood-engraving--15th century--Specimens.
Woodcuts (prints).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Golden Legend page. MS 2966. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
OS Folder
1AIlluminated manuscript page