Anbotor Christi 1450

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London (England) — 1840

A witness to the 19th century fascination with the Middle Ages: eleven medieval woodcuts depicting the messengers or heralds of Christ with explanatory texts

  1. This small codex created in 1840 consists of a title page and ten illustrations, some with text

  2. They include biblical scenes with explanatory banderoles such as the Expulsion from Paradise

  3. It was owned by Georg Kaspar Nagler (1801–66), an art historian and owner of an antiquarian bookshop

Anbotor Christi 1450

General Reference Collection 3906.h.56. British Library (London, United Kingdom)
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Anbotor Christi 1450

Created in the year 1840, this small codex contains a series of eleven medieval woodcuts consisting of a title page and ten illustrations showing the Anbotor Christi, the messengers or heralds of Christ. Each figure is labelled with a letter or ligature corresponding to a handwritten note on the opposite page by Georg Kaspar Nagler, an art historian and owner of an antiquarian bookshop. Some woodcuts depict biblical scenes with explanatory banderoles such as the Expulsion from Paradise as well as texts written in red and blue ink. This curious codex, this oddity attests to the revival of interest in the Middle Ages that occurred during the 19th century. The only known surviving copy of the work is stored today in the British Library.

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