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mheu, Historical Museum of the Urban Environment

The Suicide of Seneca, illustration from "The Nuremberg Chronicle"

Michael Wohlgemut

The Suicide of Seneca, illustration from

before 1500
Beloit College Library, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
© Morse Library, Beloit College

View this work in the exhibition Bathing

The artist

Michael Wolgemut, born in Nuremberg in 1434, was a German painter and printmaker. He studied with Hans Pleydenwurff before taking over his busy studio. He made 650 woodcuts as illustrations for The Chronicle of Nuremberg by Hartmann Schedel, an incunabulum or kind of encyclopedia published in German and Latin in 1493.

Albrecht Dürer completed an apprenticeship with him, and painted a portrait of him. He died in 1519.