Label Text: "Over half a millennium ago, a team of artists and businessmen in Nuremberg determined to create a publication that would stun Europe with its breadth and beauty. This page is from that book, commonly called the Nuremberg Chronicle. The Chronicle is a single volume, 336-page history of the world from Biblical times to the early 1490s. Its publisher, Anton Koberger, was the Continent’s leader in the industry.
Not unlike today, the editors believed illustrations would enhance the appeal of Hartmann Schedel's text. The workshop of Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff carved 645 woodcuts of characters and scenes that were used repeatedly for a total 1,809 individual images. It did not matter that the same view or person represented several places and different personages throughout the book. The hand-coloring of the pages could have occurred almost immediately or at any other point over the centuries, reinforcing another universally, well-known point of the trade: viewers gravitate toward color (written by Nancy Sojka for Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection, 2018)."