Judah the Maccabee
  • Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld
  • Leipzig 1794 - 1872 Dresden
  • Judah the Maccabee, ca. 1860
  • Pen in brown ink over pencil on wove paper,
  • inscribed by the artist on the upper right: Priester
  • Preparatory study for Plate 147 of the pictorial bible (1 Maccabees, 4:36-40)
  • 210 × 260 mm
Jewish Museum, Berlin 2006: Weihnukka
Geschichten von Weihnachten und Chanukka

The so-called Bible in Pictures with Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld’s 240 famous illustrations was printed and distributed in Leipzig in multiple stages between 1852 to 1860. Further decades of preparation lay behind this project; the artist dated his first studies as far back as his period of study in Rome from 1818 to 1827.

Schnorr von Carolsfeld preferred woodcuts for the reproduction of his images, as he treasured the “clear and direct expression of this technique” (see the artist’s preface to the edition of 1860). In addition, this method of printing allowed for extensive reproduction without loss of detail and therefore made possible a large edition with low production costs.

This first affordable popular edition illustrated for generations the Old and New Testament on the basis of Martin Luther’s translation.