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image of Woodcut Vorschrift Woodcut Vorschrift
Rendered by Charlotte Angus (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 45.2 x 40.7 cm (17 13/16 x 16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.17204
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From the Tour: Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Index of American Design
Object 22 of 23

This is a woodcut done by Heinrich Otto in 1722. A versatile decorator, Otto made fracturs drawn and painted by hand as well as printed from blocks of wood that he carved himself. This woodcut was added to a printed sheet and colored with paints and dyes made from materials at hand. Used as a wall decoration, the text is a hymn telling the story of the Temptation of Eve. Traditional bird and flower motifs frame the text and central illustration of the story. Notice the colorful birds and flowers in contrast to the primitive human forms and the sticklike tree.

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