On Effigies of Alexander, Caesar and Augustus as well as on the Results of Identity Blurring: New Findings on Graphic Patterns for Antiquating Woodcuts of ‘Kronika wszytkiego świata’ of Marcin Bielski Cover Image
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O podobiznach Aleksandra, Cezara i Augusta oraz skutkach zacierania tożsamości: nowe ustalenia w sprawie wzorów graficznych dla antykizujących drzeworytów Kroniki wszytkiego świata Marcina Bielskiego
On Effigies of Alexander, Caesar and Augustus as well as on the Results of Identity Blurring: New Findings on Graphic Patterns for Antiquating Woodcuts of ‘Kronika wszytkiego świata’ of Marcin Bielski

Author(s): Piotr Jaworski
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, 16th Century
Published by: KSIĘGARNIA AKADEMICKA Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: Marcin Bielski;Helena Unglerowa;Hieronim Szarfenberg;Krakow;Chronicle of the whole world;Illustrium imagines;all’antica woodcut medallions

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the results of the latest studies on the graphic content of Kronika wszytkiego świata (“Chronicle of the Whole World”) by Marcin Bielski.The first edition of this famous Polish chronicle was prepared at Helena Unglerowa’s printing house (1551), the second was released at Hieronim Szarfenberg’s press (1554). Three sets of woodcut medallions, consisting of rulers’ images related to Roman monetary prototypes, were discussed. Attention was focused on the iconographic analysis of previously not elaborated medallions presenting Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Augustus, whose effigies Unglerowa decided to copy basing on one of the editions of the chronicle, released by the Christian Egenolff (1533–1535) publishing house in Frankfurt am Main.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 221-246
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Polish