Book of Art and Instruction for Young People by Jost Amman

Book of Art and Instruction for Young People by Jost Amman

1580

Accuracy and liveliness in richly detailed woodcuts: Jost Amman's textbook for young artists

  1. Zürich-born Jost Amman (1539–91) moved to Nuremberg in 1560, where he became celebrated for his woodcuts

  2. One of Amman’s pupils estimated that in a period of four years, the master produced ca. 1,500 prints

  3. Amman’s art is distinguished by its accuracy and vivacity, depicting minute details of clothing in particular

Book of Art and Instruction for Young People by Jost Amman

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Book of Art and Instruction for Young People by Jost Amman

The Franconian city of Nuremberg was the most important city of the German Renaissance. This artists’ paradise was a magnet for talented people, including the Swiss-German draughtsman, printmaker, and engraver Jost Amman. He had a reputation for being both extremely prolific while also possessing a great eye for detail. The textbook he created for young artirsts and published in 1580 is presented here with a marvelous survey of engravings from throughout his career.

Book of Art and Instruction for Young People by Jost Amman

Celebrated for his woodcuts, the Swiss-German artist Jost Amman (1539–91) was born in Zürich and spent his professional career in the bustling German Renaissance city of Nuremberg, where he moved and became a citizen in 1560. In Nuremberg, he worked with Virgil Solis (1514–62) a German draughtsman, printmaker, and engraver best known for the woodcuts he made to illustrate the works of Ovid (43 BC – AD 17/18). His art is distinguished by its accuracy and vivacity, depicting minute details of clothing in particular. Amman worked prolifically, with one of his pupils estimating that in a period of four years, the master had produced enough drawings to fill a hay wagon with ca. 1,500 prints being attributed to him altogether. The specimen at hand, published in 1580 is unique among the various books produced by Amman, because it was not intended for the public, but rather as a textbook for young artists and is filled with examples of his splendid engravings for them to aspire to.

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Alternative Titles
Buch der Kunst und Anleitung für junge Mensche von Jost Amman
Date
1580

Available facsimile editions:
Book of Art and Instruction for Young People by Jost Amman  – Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel, Germany)
Limited Edition: 1000 copies
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#1 Jost Amman: Kunst- und Lehrbüchlein

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Commentary: 1 volume by Ruth Mettler, Sigmund Feyerabend
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