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Friday 2 June 2023

Hans Weiditz II’s woodcut, “Torture and Execution”, c1520

Hans Weiditz II (aka The Petrarch Master; Petrarcameister; Meister des Trostspiegels) (c1500–c1536)

“Torture and Execution” (aka “Von Scraff der Vbelchaten” [letterpress text above the image]), c1520, woodcut published in Frankfurt in 1550 by Christian Egenolph (1502–1555) as an illustration to page 176 (CLXXVI) of Justin Gobler’s (1503/4–1567) “Der Rechten Spiegel Auß den beschribenen Geystlichem, Weltlichen, Natürlichem, vnd andern gebreuchlichen Rechten...“ (read this book online at

Woodcut with letterpress text (recto and verso) on a full sheet of laid paper as published.

Size: (sheet) 30 x 19 cm; (image borderline) 14.4 x 15.4 cm.

Letterpress text printed above the image borderline: (centre) “Von Scraff der Vbelchaen”.

Dodgson 78

Condition: a strong and well-printed early impression showing minimal wear to the printing plate. The sheet is in a near pristine condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this historically significant woodcut from the Renaissance showing what I assume to be a judicial panel and the accused in the foreground with various methods of torture and execution in the distance—viz. (from upper left to upper right) “broken by the wheel”; hanging by the neck; impaled with a stake; decapitation; “burning at the stake” —for AU$264 (currently US$176.46/EUR159.66/GBP140.54 at the time of listing this print) including 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 rare and important woodcut, 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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