The Nuremberg Chronicle, first Latin edition
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Artist:   Michael Wolgemut
Wilhelm Pleydenwurff
Text by Hartmann Schedel
Published by Anton Koberger  
Title:   The Nuremberg Chronicle, first Latin edition  
Date:   1493  
Medium:   Woodcuts and letterpress  
Dimensions:   17 5/8 x 12 3/8 x 3 1/4in. (44.8 x 31.4 x 8.3cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Olive and Benton Case  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Of the hundreds of illustrations in the Nuremberg Chronicle the liveliest of all is the image of Death. Hartmann Schedel-whose name means skull-set out to write a history of the world. In meditating on its end, he returned to Adam to explore the meaning of mortality and the nature of death. An ardent Christian, Schedel wrote: Therefore, to die in Christ, our Lord, should be the sole object of our greatest zeal. Those who do so, do not die, but simply pass from destructibility to indestructibility, from mortality to immortality; from restlessness to rest. Accordingly some have not inaptly said that death is not an evil thing, but the greatest of all blessings.

Name:   Wolgemut, Michael  
Nationality:   German  
Life Dates:   German, 1434/37 - 1519  
Name:   Pleydenwurff, Wilhelm  
Nationality:   German  
Life Dates:   German, about 1460-about 1494  
Name:   Koberger, Anton  
Role:   Publisher  
Nationality:   German  
Life Dates:   German, c. 1445 - 1513  
Name:   Schedel, Hartmann  
Role:   Author  
Life Dates:   German, 1440-1514  

Object Description  
Classification:   Books  
Creation Place:   Europe, Germany, , , Nuremberg  
Accession #:   B.98.7.3  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts