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Maker(s):Wolgemut, Michael, and workshop
Culture:German (1434/37-1519)
Title:Daniel accused before Darius and cast into the lions’ den, from Stephan Fridolin's Schatzbehalter, oder Schrein der waren Reichtümer des Heils unnd ewyger Seligkeit (tresure chest of the true riches of the saints and eternal salvation)
Date Made:1491
Materials:Woodcut; with hand coloring
Place Made:Europe
Measurements:Mat: 18 in x 14 in; 45.7 cm x 35.6 cm; Sheet/Image: 10 1/16 in x 6 13/16 in; 25.6 cm x 17.3 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: verso, lwr. l. (graphite): B25205; INSCRIPTION: verso, ctr. (graphite): SC (written diagonally)
Accession Number:  MH 2012.31.5
Credit Line:Purchase with funds from Patricia Falkenberg (Class of 1964) in loving memory of Roger Aaron, husband of Virginia Altman Aaron (Class of 1966)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Label Text:
This woodcut depicts the biblical story of Daniel, a Jewish captive in Babylon who was thrown into a den of lions but miraculously survived through the intervention of an angel. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Daniel was thought to foreshadow Christ: Daniel’s trial and escape from death were parallels to Christ’s trial, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. The woodcut’s style speaks to the development of printed imagery. The earliest prints tended to be small-scale, simple renderings of single holy figures. This woodcut and the book it comes from were more ambitious, costly, and artistic, with color applied by hand, and considerable care given to the aesthetic of the print.

-Jessica Maier, Assistant Professor of Art History, Mount Holyoke College (Sept. 2016)

towers; lion; biblical; Christianity

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