After JÖRG BREU THE ELDER
(Augsburg, c. 1475-1537)
Christ on the Cross between the Virgin and St. John
Woodcut with hand coloring, printed on parchment (sheet 308 x 182 mm.; image 222 x 139)
Germany, Augsburg, 1504
FROM MANUSCRIPT TO PRINT
The composition of this canon-leaf stands out among the many similar images of the Crucifixion; it is apparently unique insofar as the figure of St. John is turned towards the cross, showing the Christ’s favorite apostle in profile. Jörg Breu’s print was first used in a Constance Missal from 1504, to be then re-used in an Augsburg Missal of 1505. The present print follows all the main features of Breu’s invention and copies them in a slightly simplified form.