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Sebald Beham and his activities in Frankfurt

When the painter-printmaker Sebald Beham (1500-1550) moved from his home town Nuremberg to Frankfurt am Main in 1531, he began a collaboration with the printer Christian Egenolff (1502-1555) that continued over three decades. Beham’s designs for woodcut illustrations in Bibles that Egenolff printed are the focus of this research project which explores the various types of Bibles on which the two collaborated, the illustrations themselves, and their reuse in those books and others. The project will also explore whether the illustrations by Beham were influenced by Luther or other Reformers. This research is part of a larger project on Beham’s contributions in Frankfurt that shifts the focus away from Nuremberg where he was dubbed “godless painter” in 1525.