1599 Kunstbüchlein; 293 plates of knights, Turks, riding figures, sensual females, mythological figures, all beautifully drawn.
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This is a reproduction of Jost Amman's 1599 "Kunstbuchlin," a collection of 293 woodcuts of a variety of popular contemporary subjects and themes. There are 10 pages of introduction and an illustration list, and 89 pages of art, typically with 4 woodcuts to a page. I'm not sure if the reproductions are full size, but given Dover's superb track record on historical art books like this, I don't see any reason to think they're not.
A large number of subjects are represented here, including clergy, peasants, Turks, memento mori, greco-roman mythology, hunting, jousting, musical instruments, astrology, trading, and coats of arms; nearly every facet of renaissance art is included here in some form or another. Amman's style is clearly influenced by Durer and Schongauer, making this book a treasure trove for woodcut and german art and history lovers. Amman approaches this book with a unique sensibility, more secular than his predecessors. This book is generally of more dramatic and...
Helped me determine that my Renaissance prints were not by Jos Amman.
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