About This Item
Woodcut printed by Johann Grüninger, artist unknown.
Six figures prostrate on a hillside before a divine apparition of two figures in the sky, holding a sword and surrounded by light. A town with smoking chimneys appears in the background.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Original image in: Brunschwig, Hieronymus, approximately 1450-approximately 1512. Pestbuch (Strasbourg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 19 Aug. 1500). ZDd 15 1500 (Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
Drawing heavily on Heinrich Steinhowel’s 1473 treatise on the plague, Brunschwig’s Pestbuch describes the origin of the plague, its communication, symptoms, prophylaxis and treatment. A surgeon, Brunschwig had witnessed the plague of 1473. Many of the 23 woodcut illustrations are only loosely related to the text, consist of composites, and reappear throughout the text and in other works printed by Gruninger.
Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Grüninger, Johann, -1532?
1 print : woodcut
10 x 9 cm
“Divine apparition,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed October 2, 2023, https://cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/231.