A Catalogue of Italian Renaissance Woodcuts

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1917 - Illustration of books - 65 pages
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Page 45 - The fashion of illustrating books with a great number of woodcuts, frequently of extremely small dimensions, appears to have originated in Venice; and there is a group of Venetian works which are signalized in that way. Vignetteillustration was adopted in Germany from the practice of the Venetians; and was cultivated with success by the younger Holbein, by Hans Sebald Beham, and by Albrecht Altdorfer. At a later date it was completely monopolized in Lyons, by Bernard Salomon and his imitators. The...
Page 26 - Of particular interest here is the custom of bonding (or banding), which flourished from the middle of the fifteenth century to the beginning of the seventeenth century.
Page 45 - The fashion of illustrating books with a great number of woodcuts, frequently of extremely small dimensions, appears to have originated in Venice; and there is a group of Venetian works which are signalized in that way. Vignetteillustration was adopted in Germany from the practice of the Venetians; and was cultivated with success by the younger Holbein, by Hans Sebald Beham, and by Albrecht Altdorfer. At a later date it was completely monopolized...
Page 6 - Siena, though its authenticity may not be above suspicion, is of interest as suggesting that the professional manufacture of playingcards preceded the professional manufacture of religious cuts. The saint is said to have preached on May 5, 1423, against card-playing with such effect that his hearers burnt their cards and renounced playing. Then a card-maker asked the preacher, 'How shall I earn my livelihood henceforth ?' The saint took a piece of paper, drew the sacred monogram upon it, and said,...
Page 62 - The date of his birth is unknown. He is said to have died "July 20, 1 523.
Page 67 - Of this catalogue one thousand copies have been printed by DB Updike at the Merrymount press, Boston, in November, 1917.
Page 20 - This minor painter . . . was a book-illustrator charming as few in vision and interpretation, with scarcely a rival for daintiness and refinement of arrangement, spacing, and distribution of black and white
Page 7 - Italian woodcuts made before the introduction of printing are so rare, and so little is known about them, that it must suffice to...
Page 21 - See Gilbert R. Redgrave, Erhard Ratdolt and His Work at Venice, London, 1894 (with a list of Ratdolt's Venetian works), and Robert Diehl, "Erhard Ratdolt, ein deutscher Meisterdrucker des 15.
Page 11 - The significant thing about this species of borders is that they were not printed at the same time as the text, and that seemingly the printers had nothing to do with them. (See generally Essling, Li'vres a Figures, Part III, pp. 49 et seq., and Kristeller in Archivio storico dell

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