Icones Historiarum Veteris Testamenti (Multilingual Edition)

Icones Historiarum Veteris Testamenti (Multilingual Edition)

Icones Historiarum Veteris Testamenti (Multilingual Edition)

Icones Historiarum Veteris Testamenti (Images from the Old Testament) represents a pivotal moment in the history of Bible illustration. The woodblock prints by Hans Holbein (1497–1543), one of the foremost Renaissance artists of northern Europe, transformed the traditional late medieval iconography of the Old Testament into a major landmark of book illustration. He conveyed emotional depth through nuance of facial expression and body language, by his solidly contrappostal figures within clearly defined spatial settings, by beautifully structured compositions, and by enrichment of the images with ancient as well as contemporary costumes. Despite their small size, the Icones illustrations are monumentally conceived and many of them could easily be enlarged to the size of murals.

Holbein was one of world’s great portraitists, but he was also recognized for his large body of graphic works which includes ornamental borders, printers’ devices, initials, and especially his woodcut illustrations. His most significant graphic works were his two major woodcut cycles, both printed in Lyon in 1538 by the brothers Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel: The Images of Death (sometimes called the "Dance of Death"), and the cycle of Old Testament illustrations known as the Icones (represented in this Octavo...

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