Drawn by the author from multiple medieval and Renaissance sources, such as Bede, Vincent of Beauvais, Martin of Tropau, Flavius Blondus, Bartolomeo Platina and Philippus de Bergamo Iacopo Filippo Foresta , the Chronicle also incorporates geographical and historical information on European countries and towns. In the meantime, a German translation was commissioned by the two financiers to Georg Alt circa , a scribe at Nuremberg treasury, and the German edition was printed alongside the Latin one between January and December The project was completed on 23 December The woodcut illustrations of a number of copies, both in Latin and in vernacular, were also supplied with hand colouring by contemporary German artists. During his life time Parker assembled an impressive library of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books, which he bequeathed to Corpus Christi College Cambridge in The Chronicle is one of the seventy-five books that he donated to the University in the same year, along with twenty-five manuscripts, and is by far the most lavishly illustrated.
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In the fascinating milieu of the Nuremberg humanists and artists of the late 15th century, a group gathered around Hartmann Schedel. The significant Nuremberg Chronicle spanning from the creation of the world up to the year is particularly famous today for its wonderful cityscapes, of which some are considered to be the first realistic depiction of that city. A Renaissance Man Among Like-Minded People Hartmann Schedel , a Nuremberg doctor, humanist, and historian followed the aim of giving a comprehensive, comprehensible ordering of the world with his chronicle.
He succeeded in ingeniously implementing this intention. Nuremburg, the Franconian metropolis and South German center of humanism and art ca. Schedel, whose comprehensive library is still famous today, was esteemed in the highest circles of society in Nuremberg and consorted with all of the great minds of the city.
Thus was he successful in filling many of the burghers with excitement for the project and winning over the greatest names for it. A History of the World The chronicle spanning from the creation of the Earth up to the year is subdivided into six parts respective to the six ages of the world as was then typical.
Thus following the introduction by Isidor von Sevilla, Hermann Schedel appends it with a seventh and eighth part. In this attempt at an ordering of the world, the Renaissance man collected biblical stories, historical events and people, curious and sensational tales of wonder, and geographic information.
As it was published in , the Liber Chronicarum reflected the current state of knowledge at that time. A Project without Precedent The ambitious book project was transcribed in the famous printing shop of Anton Koberger.
On pages, the work collects over 1, woodcuts, an unprecedented abundance of images. The responsibility for this artistic design rested with the exceptional artist Michael Wolgemut together with Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and his workshop. Whether he too participated in the book project is fiercely debated among researchers. The Fascinating Pictorial Adornment The Liber Chronicarum contains numerous illustrations to stories from the Bible, lives of saints, miracle stories, and the like.
Thus there is a page with a list and depiction of wondrous creatures from antique sources, similar to the miniatures of medieval bestiaries. Yet the illustrations of the geographical parts of the book are especially famous: 29 double-page cityscapes, a world map, and a map of Europe adorn the chronicle.
Particularly outstanding is the woodcut of Nuermberg with the Kaiserburg, the Imperial Castle, which is enthroned above the city. However, Rome, Paris, Cologne, and countless other cities were also visually recorded and sometimes show the oldest realistic depictions of those cities.
Schedel did not want any fantasy, but rather the most realistic views possible, which illustratively accompany the descriptions of the cities. Numerous specimens survive to today. A groundbreaking work, considered to be an important attestation of the connection between art and humanism in Nuremberg, the South German metropolis of the Middle Ages, and a superlative as a book project! Quick Search.
Treasures of the Library : Nuremberg Chronicle
Production[ edit ] Two Nuremberg merchants, Sebald Schreyer — and his son-in-law, Sebastian Kammermeister — , commissioned the Latin version of the chronicle. They also commissioned George Alt — , a scribe at the Nuremberg treasury, to translate the work into German. Wolgemut and Pleydenwurff, the painters, were to provide the layout of the chronicle, to oversee the production of the woodcuts, and to guard the designs against piracy. The patrons agreed to advance gulden for paper, printing costs, and the distribution and sale of the book. A second contract, between the patrons and the printer, was executed in March
Schedel. Chronicle of the World - 1493