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Single Leaf with Lutheran Devotional Design
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Single Leaf with Lutheran Devotional Design

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Description This leaf, which appears to have been created as a singular work rather than part of a book, was designed and made by Johann Leonhard Tauber in 1752. Tauber, who identifies himself as a 63-year-old gravel-crusher in Nuremberg, Germany, "drew" using lines of texts of Christian doctrine, Martin Luther's catechism, and daily prayers. He identifies the ultimate design as the "Reichs Apffel," or "Orb of the Empire." Written in the most minute script, with the smallest text in the center of the flower virtually illegible to the naked eye, this work would have been a painstaking act of devotion.
  • Shrunken Treasures: Miniaturization in Books and Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1901 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1901

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ink and pigments on thin paper mounted on board
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Overall H: 13 9/16 x W: 8 1/4 in. (34.5 x 21 cm); Folio H: 13 9/16 × W: 8 1/4 in. (34.4 × 21 cm); Framed H: 21 3/4 × W: 16 3/4 × D: 1 3/8 in. (55.25 × 42.55 × 3.49 cm)
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