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October: Book of the Month

Vitas Patrum - Augsburg, 1482
  • Lavish in its Contemporary Colouring: The Lives of the Desert Fathers

    In conjunction with our selection for SLAM's October E-Rendez-Vous - connected by the theme of their Artistic Variety - the Book of the Month for October is Pseudo-Hieronymous' Vitas Patrum


    This fascinating work combines the biographies of the so-called Desert Fathers, early Christian hermits who retreated from normal life to practice ascetism in deserts. This edition, based on the earliest verions written in the 3rd or 4th centuries, contains delightful woodcut illlustrations, heightened with contemporary colouring. With over 270 woodcuts from 204 individual blocks, and an opening illustration of six hermits in a landscape, this artistic style fits with the variety of the three items chosen for exhibition at SLAM's October e-Rendez-Vous event. 


    Interested in those three items? Click here to check out SLAM's monthly event!






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