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Wednesday 16 September 2020

Hans Holbein the Younger’s woodcut, “Shield with a Hand”, 1525, cut by Hans Lützelburger

Hans Holbein the Younger (1498–1543)

“Shield with a Hand”, c1525, woodcut printer's mark designed by Holbein and cut by Hans Lützelburger (aka Hanns Franck; Hans Frank; Hans Luetzelburger) (fl.1517–1526) for Holbein’s woodcut publisher, Valentin Curio (aka Valentinus Curio; Valentin Schaffner) (fl.1520–1533).

The British Museum proposes that this mark was “probably from the 'Lexicon Graecum', printed by Curio in Basel in March 1525” (

Woodcut on fine laid paper (with watermark) backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 12.6 x 8.8 cm.

Hollstein 75 (F W H Hollstein, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400–1700”)

Condition: a superb museum quality impression with no printed text verso, in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling) with a generous margin around the image and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this remarkably fine woodcut showing a shield containing hand emerging from clouds and drawing a line on a tablet, for AU$239 (currently US$175.11/EUR147.48/GBP135.59 at the time of posting this print) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this unassuming Renaissance period masterwork executed in Michelangelo’s lifetime, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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