Emanuel von Baeyer

Portrait of Johann Boschenstain c. 1530

Hieronymus Hopfer
1500 Augsburg - after 1550 Nuremberg

Iron etching. Size of sheet: 21.8 x 15.7 cm.

LITERATURE: Hollstein 65 (II./III.).

An excellent and precise impression before the erasure of the number by Funck. All the textures of the garments are finely rendered. Very clear and clean plate with fine margins around the borderline.

Johann Boschenstain (Böschenstein) (1472-1540) was a German hebraist scholar and mathematician. In 1518 he befriended Martin Luther to promote the Hebrew language as a tool to understanding the Holy Scriptures. It is therefore interesting to note that the text on the lower margin of our print is not, as to be expected, an extract from the original Hebrew Scriptures, but a translation from the Bible. It is a combination of psalm 7.18 and psalm 119.75.

To this day Böschenstein is remembered as the co-founder of Hebrew studies in Germany as well as an influential teacher. One of his students was Ulrich Zwingli, which went on to become a leader of the Reformation in Switzerland (1522).