The Pentecost – Die Sendung des Heiligen Geistes


Hans Schäufelein (c. 1482-1539), The Pentecost – Die Sendung des Heiligen Geistes, woodcut,1513. Reference: cf. Bartsch 34-28 (253). From “Das Buch des Newen Testaments”, Hans Schönsperger, Augsburg, 1513.  Signed with the monogram in ligature and the shovel, bottom center. In very good condition, trimmed well outside of the borderline (a tiny repaired nick bottom edge); 9 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches.

A fine, clear and strong impression.

The biblical narrative of Pentecost is given in the second chapter of the Book of Acts. As recounted in Acts 2:1-6:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost….

Schäufelein depicts the Virgin seated at the centre of the room, surrounded by seated and kneeling apostles; all with flames on their heads; the Holy Spirit as a dove above.

Hans Schäufelein was one of the more famed and talented of the close followers of Albrecht Durer.  He entered Durer’s workshop c. 1503, was permitted to sign works as early as 1504, and remained a friend and colleague of Durer’s throughout his career, most of which was devoted to printmaking: producing woodcuts, such as this example, for books.

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