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The Bible of the Poor (Biblia Pauperum),
Pharaoh's Army Drowned in the Red Sea; Baptism of Christ; and Moses' Spies Returning with Grapes from Canaan
Esau Selling Jacob his Birthright; Temptation of Christ; and Temptation of Adam and Eve

The Bible of the Poor (Biblia Pauperum), Pharaoh's Army Drowned in the Red Sea; Baptism of Christ; and Moses' Spies Returning with Grapes from Canaan Esau Selling Jacob his Birthright; Temptation of Christ; and Temptation of Adam and Eve

c. 1465
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This sheet was hand-colored with a limited palette, so that black, for example, plays dual roles of the color of hair, and the shadow on a building.

Description

This hand-colored leaf is from the blockbook Biblia Pauperum (Bible of the Poor), which served as an educational handbook for laymen and clerics. Blockbooks, in which images and text were carved in relief from a single block of wood, are the earliest form of printed text in Europe. On each page, two Old Testament episodes flank a New Testament scene, implying a connection between the stories. At left is Christ’s baptism between the Pharaoh’s drowned army and spies returning from Canaan. To the right is Christ’s temptation bordered by Esau selling his birthright to Jacob and the temptation of Adam and Eve.
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    May 7, 1935
    (Karl & Farber, Munich, Germany)
    Martin Aufhäuser, Munich, Germany & Los Angeles, CA
    June 21, 1985
    (Galerie Kornfeld Auktionen, Bern, Switzerland)
    1985-86
    (R.M. Light & Co., Inc., Santa Barbara, CA)
    December 15, 1986
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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