The Passion and Resurrection of Christ in Word and Image

[Folk Art]. The Passion and Resurrection of Christ.

Probably Austria, late 18th or early 19th century.

Ink and colours on vellum. Palimpsest on an older certificate of apprenticeship, entitled "Lehr Brief dem Joseph Pischinger Betr. Anno 1744" on verso, overpainted in white on recto and then overwritten. Ca. 610 x 390 mm, framed and glazed.

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Pretty calligraphic depiction of the passion and resurrection of the Christ: sixteen consecutive lines of rhyming verses containing ca. 88 illustrations, offering a vivid visual aid for children or reading novices. Every term so illustrated is additionally captioned underneath the image. Written on an old journeyman's certificate from 1744, overpainted with white paint and then re-used.

Some staining. Occasional scuffing and bumping, some loss to text especially in the lower half and near the right edge. A very appealing document of Austrian folk art and culture.

Stock Code: BN#50057