Bible of Nürnberg

Bible of Nürnberg – Pytheas Books – Cathedral Library of Kalocsa (Kalocsa, Hungary)

Nuremberg (Germany) — 1712

The result of an international collaboration of three Baroque masters: a magnificent, large-format picture Bible with 260 full-page engravings in stylish grandeur

  1. Jan Luyken (1649–1712) and his son Caspar (1672–1708) designed the splendid illustrations

  2. Christoph Weigel the Elder (1654–1725) served as the engraver and printer of the work

  3. The detailed biblical scenes are presented with explanatory captions in Latin and German

Bible of Nürnberg

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Description
Bible of Nürnberg

A beautiful graphic work, a collaboration of Baroque masters: the Bible of Nürnberg. Printed in 1712 in Nuremberg, home of great artists like Albrecht Dürer, is features 260 full-page etchings with captions in Latin and German. The illustrations in the work originate from the hand of the Dutch artists Jan (1649–1712) and Caspar Luyken (1672–1708), who collaborated with the engraver and printer Johann Christoph Weigel, known as Christoph Weigel the Elder (1654–1725), on the project. The work is stored today in the Archdiocesan Collections of the Kalocsa Cathedral Library in Hungary.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Nürnberger Bibel
Bible of Nuremberg
Size / Format
264 pages / 41.6 × 29.4 cm
Origin
Germany
Date
1712
Illustrations
260 full-page engraved illustrations
Content
Old and New Testament
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Bible of Nürnberg – Pytheas Books – Cathedral Library of Kalocsa (Kalocsa, Hungary)
Pytheas Books – Budapest
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Bible of Nürnberg

Expulsion from Paradise

This Baroque masterpiece of engraving depicts the final episode from the Fall of Man, i.e. the banishment of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Having eaten the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge, the first two humans are banished, and cherubim armed with flaming swords are set about the borders of Paradise to prevent them from returning to eat from the tree of life, and thus gain immortality.

One’s eyes are immediately drawn to the image of the angel armed with a sword that literally turns to flame descending from Heaven in a burst of clouds and light. Both original humans are depicted in detail, and not only does Adam have a developed musculature, but Eve’s abdominal muscles are also surprisingly well-defined.

Bible of Nürnberg
Facsimile Editions

#1 Bible of Nürnberg

Pytheas Books – Budapest

Publisher: Pytheas Books – Budapest
Binding: Black leather modelled on the original with gilded decoration on the spine
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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